UK unemployment rose by 128,000 in the three months to October to 2.64 million, the highest level since 1994, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The jobless total for 16 to 24-year-olds rose to 1.027 million, the highest since records began in 1992, beating the previous record set only last month. The youth unemployment rate among rose to 22% in the three months to October, up from 20.8% three months earlier. The ONS said the unemployment rate increased to 8.3% in the period, the highest since 1996, and up from 7.9% in the previous quarter. Female unemployment has risen to a 23-year high. The number of women out of work surged by 45,000 on the quarter to reach 1.1 million, the highest figure since 1988.