UK household unemployment falls slightly

More households contain people in work compared with last year but the number containing people who have never worked has increased, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The ‘Working and Workless Households 2011’ bulletin reveals the percentage of UK households which contain no adults in employment fell by 0.3% on the year during the second quarter of 2011.

Equally, the percentage of those where all of the resident adults are employed increased by 0.5% on the year.

However, there are now 18,000 more households in the UK in which all the resident adults have never had a paid job. The latest figures suggest this is now closer to 370,000 homes in the UK.

The largest fall in unemployment was among one-person households where there is just one adult member with no children. The current figure of 34.7% represents a 2.1% fall on the year.

Estimates within report only cover households that contain at least one person aged 16 to 64.