Official figures show that Britain's unemployment rate spiked to 8.4 percent in November, its highest level since 1995.
(AP) London - The figure is up from last month's 8.3 percent and follows a run of fairly downbeat economic news.
The Office for National Statistics also said there were 2.7 million people out of work in the three months from September to November. That is the highest figure since 1994.
Unemployment is rising as the British economy has flatlined in the wake of the debt crisis in the euro area, which has dented economic confidence, and as the government continues with its deficit-reduction program.
The statistics office also found that pay growth remains relatively muted as high unemployment keeps a lid on wages.