The number of people unemployed in Britain has hit a 14-year high, official data showed on Wednesday, as the Bank of England forecast only a slow recovery for the recession-hit British economy. British unemployment climbed by 220,000 to 2.43 million people in the three months to June -- the highest level since September 1995. The unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent in the three months to June, hitting a 13-year peak, according to official data. Also on Wednesday, the Bank of England said the rate of British 12-month inflation was set to fall under 1.0 percent this year as the economy makes a slow recovery from recession.