The jobless total for 16 to 24-year-olds hit a record of 1.02m in the three months to September, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). UK unemployment rose by 129,000 in the three months to 2.62 million, as youth unemployment rose above a million, while female unemployment reached its highest level for 23 years. The ONS said the unemployment rate increased to 8.3% in the period, the highest since 1996. The unemployment rate was highest in the North East, at 11.6% and lowest in the South East at 6.3%. The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose by 5,300 to 1.6 million in October.