Workless households for regions across the UK, 2013

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
6 November 2014
Statistical bulletin
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This release gives information about households and the adults and children living in them, by their economic activity status. Regional differences across the UK are provided. Key points include:

  • Nottingham was the top workless area for the first time since comparable records began with 30.1% of households being workless. Glasgow City (29.8%) and Liverpool (27.2%) were in the top five workless areas for the tenth consecutive year.
  • The highest percentage of workless households in Wales was in the Central Valleys where 23.8% of households were workless, while in Northern Ireland, 20.3% of households were workless.
  • The lowest percentage of workless households in the UK was concentrated in South East England, with the lowest in West Sussex at 9.0%.
  • Excluding student households, Glasgow City was the highest workless area with 28.6% of workless households, followed by East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Mainland (28.5%) and then Nottingham at 27.3%.
  • Sickness, both long-term and temporary, was the main reason given for not working by people aged 16-64 years living in workless households across all the regions of England and countries of the UK.

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