Fewer households have no workers

The number of households where there are no people in employment has gone down by 0.8%, new figures have showed.

But the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed that the number of households where all adults that live in it work has also fallen.

From April to June this year there were 10.9 million such households, representing 53% and a fall of 36,000 of homes with at least one person aged 16 to 64 where all adult members are in employment.

During the same period there were 3.7 million UK households with at least one member aged 16 to 64 where no one was in work, representing 17.9% of households. This was the second consecutive fall, compared to 2010 when almost four million UK households had no adults in work.

The figures showed that 1.8 million children lived in these workless households, as did five million people aged 16 to 64.

Sickness, both long-term and temporary, was the main reason given for not working by those people aged 16 to 64 living in workless households, accounting for 1.45 million or around three in every 10 workless people.

The second most common reason given was being unemployed, accounting for 1.03 million, or around one in five. The next three most common reasons were looking after the family, retirement and study.

If fully retired and student households are removed, the number of households in the UK that are workless goes down to 2.92 million.

The ONS said there was a rise of 246,000 in mixed households - those containing some people in work and some who are not. The number stood at 5.97 million, or 29.1% of the total.

The lowest number of workless households was in 2006, two years before the economic downturn hit the UK. Then the number of workless households was 3.4 million or 17.3% - 0.6% lower than this year.