Ministers were slammed today for leaving people’s lives “in tatters” as unemployment soared to a staggering 2.52 million.
Britain’s unions unleashed a chorus of condemnation as 15,000 more workers joined the dole queue in the first quarter of 2013.
The Office for National Statistics figures showed the jobless total had risen for the third quarter in a row, now standing at 7.8 per cent.
And those in work saw their total pay go up just 0.4 per cent in the last year, a rise quickly chomped up by CPI inflation of 2.8 per cent.
General secretary Len McCluskey said: “Today’s jobless figures confirm that David Cameron and George Osborne have nothing to offer but more of the same – lashings of austerity in a low-wage economy.
“Their polices, that have benefited the rich and powerful so generously, are leaving the lives of ordinary people in tatters.”
Public-sector union Unison general secretary Dave Prentis called on the government to scrap its damaging austerity measures “before it’s too late.”