Reasons for not working among people in workless households

People in workless households may be unemployed or not working for another reason. Unemployment trends have driven worklessness changes in the past decade.

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Link to source: Labour Force Survey

The proportion of 16 to 64-year-olds in working-age workless households decreased by over 3 percentage points from 2011 to 2018, following a 1 percentage point increase in the five years before this. The most common reason for not working in these households has continued to be sickness or disability but the pattern of change was most driven by increases and decreases in unemployment.

The percentage of people who are not working due to retirement before the age of 65 has decreased since 2009, partly as a result of the increase in the female state pension age.