By Marcus Leach
Unemployment in the UK rose by 80,000 in the three months to July, topping 2.51 million, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Youth unemployment also rose sharply, up by 78,000 to 973,000, according to the official data.
The number of people in employment in the economy fell, by 69,000 to 29.17 million, with the total claiming Jobseeker's Allowance up by 20,300 in August to 1.58 million.
"If these figures look bad, there are some key changes coming that are going to make the already woeful jobs market a whole lot worse," Daniel Callaghan, founder of MBA & Co said.
"As the latest jobs figures reveal, companies are employing more temporary and part-time workers, but the soon-to-be-implemented Agency Workers Directive will bring with it an additional tax on employing those workers. This will have a huge financial impact on the many companies already strapped for cash in the current climate.
"The UK jobs market has been fairly resilient considering the poor state of the economy, but these figures are an ominous sign for the months ahead. Public sector job losses are continuing to weigh down on the recruitment market as a whole, and the private sector is no more willing to bear the brunt of this now than it was three months ago."
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