Six million are out of work and claiming benefits, according to research which lays bare the true scale of joblessness under Labour.
The figure dwarfs the official rate of unemployment, which this month hit 2.4million, and is four times the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
It is expected to soar to 6.4million by the end of the year and 6.8million by the end of 2010, prompting fears that Labour has created a generation of benefit addicts.
About one in six of the 37-million-strong working age population is out of work, according to the Policy Exchange think-tank.
This includes 1.6million on Jobseeker's Allowance and 2.6million on incapacity benefit and its replacement Employment and Support Allowance - more than a million of whom the Government believes are perfectly capable of working...
In 1997, when Labour came to power, £93billion was spent on social security benefits, but by next year it will be £ 193billion, more than doubling in 13 years
So there we have it...another Labour spin!