– Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary
Today's figures confirm our fears that economic stagnation has finally caught up with the jobs market.
Young people are bearing the brunt of our jobs crisis, with the number of unemployed youngsters up 48,000 and approaching a million again.
The news for those in work is not much better, with the gap between wages and the rising cost of living getting even wider.
We won't see a proper recovery in the jobs market until we get growth back into the economy. That's why the Chancellor must change course and prioritise jobs, growth and living standards in his Budget today.
Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million, official figures have revealed. But the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 1,500 to 1.54 million.