Working and workless households, 2011: statistical bulletin

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
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1 September 2011
Statistical bulletin
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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In April to June 2011 there were 3.88 million UK households with at least one member aged 16 to 64 where no-one was working. This represented 18.8 per cent of households, a fall of 0.3 per cent, or 38,000 households, on a year earlier. In all, 1.84 million children lived in these households, as did 5.41 million people aged 16-64. The overall fall in workless households was driven by a reduction in those where everyone is inactive. There were 2.92 million of these in April to June 2011, down 82,000 on the previous year. However, there was a rise in the number of households where everyone was classed as unemployed rather than inactive, up 37,000 to 583,000 households in April to June 2011.

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