Living without a job: Personal stories
15 November 2011 Last updated at 16:46 GMT
UK unemployment has reached 2.62 million, says the Office for National Statistics.
Youth unemployment reached a record high of 1 million.
Unions and youth campaign groups are warning that 16- to 24-year-olds are bearing the brunt of the UK's job losses.
Michael Hill is from Llandrindod Wells in Wales, and has been unemployed since he left sixth form two years ago.
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