Source (published today at 09:30), 1.92 million unemployed at the end of November 2008 - and that's the figures calculated by the 'Government's preferred method', yeah the massaged ones that give the lowest total.
The identity card consultation comes to a close soon, bet you had forgotten about that? The highest unemployment figures for a decade are convenient for Jacqui Smith though; the unemployed have no time for responding to consultations, they are just too busy undertaking their mandated 3 job seeking activities a week?! Anyhoo, why not take a little time to refresh yourself on just how pernicious this legislation is, then get yourself off here.
Mind you perhaps ID cards will prove useful for counting the actual number of unemployed, accurately, you know the real number of 'economically inactive' - I suspect that would be an even bigger distraction.