UK unemployment rose by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53 million, the highest since 1994.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the jobless rate was now 8%, the highest since 1996.
However, the ONS figures also showed that the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell by 10,200 in February to 1.45 million.
Another record high was reached in the unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds, up by 0.8% to 20.6%.
This figure, however, does include students who are looking for work.
The unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds was also at an all-time high at 18.3%.
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