That represents an eight per cent jobless total.
The the number of people classed as economically inactive also reached record levels, the figures – which cover the period from December to February – show.
Meanwhile, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 32,900 last month to 1.54m, the Office for National Statistics said.
Youth unemployment rose with 929,000 16 to 24-year-olds out of work in the December to February period – 4,000 more than the the previous three months.
The jobless total in the over-50s rose by 7,000 to 396,000.