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Grayling: Unemployment figures have 'stabilised'

UK unemployment rose by 44,000 to almost 2.5 million in the three months to the end of December, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

Youth unemployment rose to a fresh record high, with more than one in five 16 to 24-year-olds out of work after a rise of 66,000 to 965,000 without jobs.

The UK unemployment rate is now 7.9%.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance increased by 2,400 last month to 1.46 million.

The Employment Minister, Chris Grayling told the BBC that unemployment figures have ''stabilised''.