Workless homes on the rise

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 October 2015

The Jobcentre.

The Jobcentre.


THE number of workless households in North Somerset has risen since 2006, according to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Despite a nationwide trend that saw the percentage of workless households fall in more than 80 per cent of UK counties since 2006, North Somerset has bucked the trend.

A total of 55 per cent of households in North Somerset are ‘working’, with 31 per cent ‘mixed’ and 13 per cent ‘workless’, according to the figures.

Before the recession, in 2006, the area had 66 per cent of households in work and 12.2 per cent out of work.

Similar statistics were recorded for Somerset and Sedgemoor, with the Mendip area recording a lot fewer workless households, at just 6.7 per cent.

More than 80 per cent of authorities saw a decrease in unemployment levels between after the economy began to recover between 2009 and 2014,

Liverpool recorded the highest percentage of workless homes (30.3 per cent) while just 6.7 per cent of West Berkshire’s homes were without work.

The most common reason for people being out of work in the area was being unable to work due to an illness or disability, according to the ONS.

The statistics also revealed only 15.3 per cent of those who did not work described themselves as unemployed, with other reasons ranging from: taking early retirement, studying and ‘looking after the home’.

The broader UK picture since 1996 is one of an overall reduction in the share of workless households. There has also been a decline in the number of children aged 0 to 15 years old living in unemployed homes.

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