David Freeman from the Office for National Statistics says youth unemployment is at its highest since 1992
UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in the three months to November to 2.685 million, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the unemployment rate also rose to 8.4% from 8.3%, the highest since January 1996.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in December rose by 1,200 to 1.6 million.
The number of young people looking for work rose to 1.043m, taking the rate for 16-24 year-olds to 22.3%.
The number of people in employment rose slightly in the three months to November by 18,000 to 29.119 million.
The figures support the picture of a flat UK economy, with other data released on Wednesday showing average weekly earnings, including bonuses, grew at just 1.9%.
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