More redundancies were announced yesterday ahead of official unemployment figures set to show another huge jump in the number of jobless.
Food firm Vion axed jobs across England and Scotland, adding to the growing wave of redundancies.
New figures today will show around two million people are out of work, while the numbers claiming jobseeker’s allowance will be well over a million.
The official unemployment total, counting those not eligible for benefits (the so-called ILO measure) reached a 10-year high of 1.86million in October and the Ernst and Young Item Club, a forecasting group, has predicted the figure will hit 3.4million by 2011.
Analysts expect the figures to show the claimant count has risen more than 80,000, while the unemployment rate could reach 6.2 per cent.
Howard Archer, chief UK economist at Global Insight said: “Reports of companies laying off workers are becoming more and more prevalent, while an increasing number of companies are folding. There is a rapidly increasing risk claimant count unemployment will reach two million before the end of 2009. Furthermore, unemployment on the ILO measure is poised to rise above two million imminently.”