18 January 2012
UK unemployment rose by 118,000 to 2.68 million in the three months to November, according to official figures released today.
The Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate went up to 8.4%, the highest since January 1996.
The number of young people without a job rose to 1.043 million in the three months to November - an unemployment rate of 22.3% among 16-24 year-olds.
A PCS pamphlet proposing an alternative economic plan has been distributed to a quarter of a million people in the last 18 months.
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary said: "With almost a quarter of our young people now out of work, this Conservative-led government is sentencing a whole generation to a life of poverty and hopelessness.
"Their recipe of cutting jobs and public services, on top of cuts to pay and pensions, offers no hope for economic growth.
"Instead of making all these cuts and damaging our economy, the government should be investing in jobs, training and quality public services."