The Regions, Welfare to Work

– Nearly 4 Million UK Households are Jobless

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on employment and worklessness shows that 3.9 million households in the UK have no working adults. This is an increase of 148,000 on last year and means that approximately 2 million children reside in workless households.

The north-east of England has the largest proportion of workless households, with 24.3 per cent of homes in the region. Whilst the south-east has the lowest percentage of homes where no one works, at 14.2 per cent.

Rt Hon Chris Grayling, the Minister for Employment, said that the figures were “a shocking reflection of the scale of worklessness across the UK. This is why we are pushing ahead with our Work Programme, which will give people who are out of work and need a job the right support at the right time so that they can get into employment”.


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