What particularly makes me wonder about this is a news report I read the other day about five people living in the same house - Mum, Dad, and three kids (the kids had all left school) - all of whom were unemployed. The mother had never worked.
But what made my ears prick up was, at the end of the article, it was said that none of the family count on the unemployment figures because they are not 'actively seeking work' - but of course they are out of work and still getting benefits!
So what's the real unemployment figure then?
I'm sure I don't know, but I reckon that 1.8 million is just the tip of the iceberg.