As youth unemployment creeps ever nearer to the one million mark, campaigners are urging the Government to give additional support to young people.
The number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work increased by 74,000 over the latest quarter to 991,000 - a rate of 21.3%, and the highest total since comparable records began in 1992.
As the figures were released Sky News spoke to young people across the country about their struggle to find a job.
"The Government needs to urgently rethink these policies and provide the support young people need to get education, training and jobs," said Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union.
"Otherwise we risk consigning an entire generation to a life with no jobs, no education and no prospects."
The Employment Minister Chris Grayling admitted the rate of youth unemployment was a "major problem", but pointed out that the 991,000 figure included over 250,000 people in full-time education looking for a Saturday job.
He announced further support for jobseekers through sector-based work academies that combine real training, work experience and a guaranteed interview.