Working-age workless households within the UK

The working-age workless household rate has decreased over the past 20 years across the whole UK, despite a rise after the 2008/09 recession.

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Link to source: Labour Force Survey

The percentage of working-age households with no one in employment has decreased across the UK during the past 20 years. England has always had the lowest level. Wales and Scotland closed a large part of the gap in the five years following the 2008/09 recession, however the past two years have seen the gap widen again.

For this analysis, working-age households are defined as those that contain at least one person aged 16 to 64.