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Workless homes 'highest in a decade'

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The number of households in the UK where no adult has a job is the highest in a decade.

No one had a job in 16.9% of households containing at least one person of working age in the period between April and June, Office of National Statistics data shows.

The last time worklessness was so high was in April to June 1999, when the rate was 17.1%.

Meanwhile, the number of working households where all individuals aged 16 or over are in employment is at its lowest since 1997.

More than four in 10 workless households were headed by lone parents, while 30.1% were one person households without dependent children.

And there are more households with at least one unemployed member than at any time in the last 10 years – 28.4% of households have at least one workless member.

54.7% of homes were classed as working households, a year on year drop of 2.5%.

The figures were published on the same day that shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May accused Labour of creating a “wall” between the working and the workless to disguise its failure to help the long-term unemployed.

Ms May said labour had overseen a rise in “welfare ghettos” where unemployment had been disguised and renamed.

She said census data showed 2m British people had never had a job and 3m had not worked during Labour’s period in power.

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