The number of households where there are no adults in work has fallen to its lowest level since 1996, according to official data.
Just under 16% of UK households where an adult of working age is living are now “workless”, according to the Office for National Statistics. This latest figure, which relates to the second quarter of 2014, marked a fall of 1.4% on the same period a year earlier and is the biggest annual fall since records began 18 years ago.
The latest data means that there are now 271,000 households who have moved from workless to having at least one working occupant in the last year. It is the fourth consecutive year that the number of workless households has fallen, following a rise in 2010 when redundancies as a result of the economic downturn took their toll.
Then, 19% of UK households were workless, though this was still lower than the 21% when records began in 1996.
via The Guardian