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Jobless household numbers falling


The number of households in the UK with no working adults between the ages of 16 and 64 continued to fall throughout 2013.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 3.4 million jobless households recorded in the last three months of 2013, representing 16.6% of all UK households with an adult of working age.

In the same period a year earlier, the figures showed that 17.3% of households with at least one adult of working age were considered to be jobless households. Therefore, the new figures represent a drop of 0.7%, or around 137,000 households.

These figures do include households that are jobless due people choosing not to work, or being unable to work. Those who choose not to work or are unable to work are often due to family commitments, early retirement or study. Additionally, some people may also be unable to work because of sickness or disability.

Historically, the proportion of jobless households stood at its highest in 1996 when over 20% of households were jobless. This fell to as low as 17% in 2006 just before the financial crisis, which triggered a sharp rise to over 19% in 2010.

As the economy appears to be recovering, recent trends have seen these figures fall over the past few years.

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