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Decline in workless households

Friday August 31st 2012

The number of households in which all the adults work has fallen, as has the amount of homes where there are no people in employment, according to new data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

During the second quarter of this year, there were 10.9 million such households, representing 53% and a fall of 36,000 of homes with at least one person aged 16 to 64 where all adult members are in employment.

In the same April to June period, the number of households with at least one member aged 16 to 64 where no one was in work also fell, down 0.8% to stand at 3.7 million - representing 17.9% of UK households.

Sickness, both long-term and temporary, was the most popular reason given for not working by those people aged 16 to 64 living in workless households. Around 1.45 million - or about three in every 10 jobless people - cited this reasoning.

An estimated 1.8 million children lived in these workless households, as did five million people aged 16 to 64.

This was the second consecutive fall, compared to 2010 when almost four million UK households had no adults in work.

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