The TUC Congress opens in Bournemouth today with a warning that unemployment could be as high as 4.75 million.
A TUC report published ahead of the south coast meeting said wider measures of joblessness should be incorporated into the total, including the economically inactive.
As well as the 2.5 million official jobless figure, a further 2.26 million people want a job but are not classified as unemployed, the TUC said.
More top news
It doesn't feel particularly much like Christmas because it is pretty mild, but it is set to turn colder over the next few days.
Joe Cocker's most famous songs took him from the UK, to US and beyond and turned him into an international superstar.
A decade after their parents' deaths, entrepreneurs Rob and Paul Forkan celebrate the building of their first children's home in Sri Lanka.