Unemployment

Unemployment has risen by 49,000 in the last three months to the end of November, according to official figures.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that unemployment in the UK had now hit 2.5 million.

One in five 16- to 24-year-olds are now out of work, after a rise of 32,000 saw the figure reach 951,000 - the highest level since records began.

There was no rise in Jobseekers' Allowance claims, however, which actually fell slightly by 4,100.

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