Chris Grayling, the Work and Pensions Minister
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Chris Grayling: 'Unemployment figures are complex'

18 January 2012 Last updated at 11:37 GMT

Chris Grayling, the Work and Pensions Minister has said the recent figures on unemployment are more complex than they first appear.

New figures show unemployment has reached a seventeen year high, after rising 118,000 to 2.68 million in the three months to November.

The number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds increased by 52,000 over the quarter to 1.04 million, the highest since records began in 1992.

Mr Grayling said the government had lots of work to do, but claimed there were more to the statistics than first met the eye.