Despite the number of households where no-one is employed falling in Q2 2011 by 38,000 compared to last year, there are still nearly four million homes where no-one has a job.
In April to June 2011 18.8% of UK households were workless according to the latest working and workless households figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That’s 3.88 million homes where no-one over the age of 16 of the total of 5.41 million people of working age living in them is working.
More worrying though is the climb in the number of households where no-one has ever had a job.
Here you can see that the number of households where no-one over the age of 16 has ever worked has been trending upwards throughout the boom and the bust years alike since 1996.
The number of ‘student’ households, where no-one between the ages of 16-24 have aver worked has gone up a little over the same period, but remember that the number of students has also gone up, especially with Labour’s drive to get 50% of youngsters into university.
‘Excluding households where all adults are aged 16-24 and in education, known as student households, the number that have never worked stood at 297,000 thousand in April to June 2011, up 27,000 on a year earlier.’ And that is 10% up in just one year.