Approx 8 Million People Without a Job in the UK

The BBC reports that according to the CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), unemployment will peak at 2.8 million in 2010.

A more detailed picture can be found here

There are currently over 7.9 million people out of work in this country ('economically inactive') - more than one in five working age people.

According to recent statistics from the ONS, there are approx 38.5M people in the UK of working age, and there are approx 29M people doing about 31M jobs and 0.4M job vacancies.

The CIPD has previously welcomed an inquiry into why the two different measures of unemployment used by the government (ILO and 'claimant count') show slightly different figures. In July, the ILO measure showed 2.38M out of work, while the claimant count was 1.58M.