‘Jobless’ households

The number of households with occupants that have never worked jumped from 184,000 to 352,000, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics.

This figure is the equivalent of around 1.7% of all households. According to the study, it’s Inner London that has the highest proportion of jobless homes in the UK – 6.5% of households never complete a day’s work there. While families in the East of England have the lowest rates, with 0.5% never having worked.

The ONS Social Trends report, which analyses the UK labour market, found that over the last 40 years, the employment rate for women has risen by 13%. In the first quarter of this year it stood at 66%. Whereas male employment rates have fallen since 1971, when 91% of men were in work, to the current figure of 76%.

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