Working and workless households, 2013: statistical bulletin

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
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28 August 2013
Statistical bulletin
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This bulletin is concerned with working, workless and mixed households in the UK for the period April to June in each year. Working households are households where all members aged 16 or over are employed. Workless households are households where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment. These members may be unemployed or inactive. Inactive members may be unavailable to work because of family commitments, retirement or study, or unable to work through sickness or disability. Mixed households contain both working and non-working members.

In April to June 2013 there were 3.5 million UK households with at least one member aged 16 to 64 where no-one was currently working. This represented 17.1 per cent of households, the lowest since 1996, and was a fall of 0.7 per cent, or 182,000 households, on a year earlier. In all, 1.6 million children lived in these households, as did 4.9 million people aged 16-64. As well as a fall in workless households there was also a fall of 98,000 in mixed households. In April to June 2013 there were 5.9 million such households, representing 28.8 per cent of all households. There was a rise of 115,000 in working households, with the number standing at 11.0 million, or 54.0 per cent of the total. In 2013, there were 297,000 households in which no adult has ever worked, down 43,000 from a year earlier.

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