Unemployment rises to 2.5m

British unemployment rose by 49,000 to 2.5m in the three months to November 30, 2010, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

The unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24 also rose by 32,000 in the quarter to reach 951,000. This is the highest figure since records began in 1992 and means that more than one in five in that demographic are now out of work.

The unemployment rate in Britain in the three months to November 2010 stood at 7.9%, up 0.2% on the quarter. There was a total of 157,000 redundancies in the three month period, up 14,000 on the quarter. (article continues below)

The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by 69,000 in the quarter to reach 29.09m. This was the largest quarterly fall since August 2009.