Poverty rates for working-age adults in working households by region

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Over the last 15 years, all areas and nations of the UK have seen increases in the poverty rates for working-age adults.

The two areas hardest hit are the North-East, and Yorkshire and the Humber. These areas have both seen increases of 3% since 2005/06.

Northern Ireland has the lowest poverty rate for working-age adults at 1 in 8. This is much lower than the rates in the North-East, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber (all with a rate of 1 in 6) and London, the area with the worst rate, (1 in 5).

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.