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Unemployment

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households include no one in full-time employment; and what steps he has taken to tackle worklessness in the last five years. (175373)

The available information is shown in the following table.

Working-age households in which noone works full-time, United Kingdom, April-June 2007 (not seasonally adjusted)

Number

Percentage

Workless households

2,980,000

16.2

Households with employed persons in which no one works full-time

1,673,000

9.1

All households in which no one works full-time

4,653,000

25.3

Notes:

1. A working-age household is a household that includes at least one person of working age (male aged 16-64 or female aged 16-59).

2. Estimates have not been adjusted for households with unknown economic status.

3. Base for percentages excludes households with unknown economic status.

4. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

5. Variables used: HNFTIME, HEACOMB, RELHRP6.

Source:

Labour Force Survey household dataset

The percentage of households in which all inhabitants of working age are in employment has risen from 54.5 per cent. in 1997 to 57.9 per cent. in 2007. Through our active labour market policies we have achieved a record number of people in employment, an increase in the employment rate, and the lowest claimant unemployment level since 1975. There are now a million lone parents in work for the first time ever.

We have taken forward an ongoing programme of welfare reform over the last five years and are determined to go further still. Our command paper “Ready for work: full employment in our generation”, published on 13 December 2007, sets out further measures to increase employment opportunities for disadvantaged people and to support them in taking up those opportunities.