Fabienne from Bristol was laid off as a decorator two months ago
There has been another sharp rise in the number of people out of work. Total unemployment is now running at more than 1.8 million, the highest in 11 years, as firms make more redundancies and take on less staff. But it's 18 to 24-year-old workers who are really suffering.
More than 700 young people a day signed up for job seekers allowance in November, pushing the unemployment rate in that age group up to 14.1%, its highest since Labour came to power in 1997.
According to the figures, 597,000 18 to 24-year-olds are now jobless in the UK.
The last time we saw numbers like that was back in 1995.
The rate at which young people are unemployed is rising faster than the general population
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