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Business Secretary Vince Cable said the coalition had a "very good record on job creation" and a million new private sector jobs have been created.
The facts and figures behind today's rise in the jobless total have been pulled together into a video by the Office For National Statistics.
There were 993,000 jobless 16 to 24-year-olds in the latest quarter to January, up by 48,000 from the three months to October, but the rise among 18 to 24-year-olds was 53,000.
Other figures from the ONS reveal that public sector employment fell for the 13th consecutive quarter, by 20,000 to 5.7 million, the lowest for over a decade.
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