UK Daily Mail 
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Gordon Brown’s strategy of putting the economy at the heart of his election battle was dealt a fresh blow today as new figures showed unemployment has hit a 16-year high.
The jobless total now stands at 2.5 million, while the number of people classed as economically inactive has reached record levels.
Official figures showed that unemployment increased by 43,000 in the three months to February to the worst total since 1994.
Long-term unemployment, counting those out of work for over a year, increased by 89,000 to 726,000, the highest since Labour came to power in 1997.
The number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work also increased – up 4,000 to 929,000, the highest since last autumn.