Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 15 Feb 2012

1. UK UNEMPLOYMENT AT 16-YEAR HIGH

UK unemployment has risen to 8.4% - the highest level for 16 years, according to the Office for National Statistics. Between October and December the number of unemployed people rose by 48,000 to 2.67 million. The number of unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds rose to 1.04 million - a record high.

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