Jobseeker 'has applied for over 500 posts in last year'
19 February 2014 Last updated at 07:49 GMT
The Today programme's Sima Kotecha has been to meet unemployed 23-year-old Rachel Lowe, who says that despite having "signed up with about seven or eight" recruitment agencies, has only had one response in five months.
Ms Lowe, who says she has applied for more than 500 jobs in the last year, also says that she has had to sell possessions since becoming unemployed eight months ago in order to boost her income.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 19 February.