Record number of UK workers- official stats show

The Office for National Statistics have announced a record number of UK workers.

The Office for National Statistics have announced a record number of UK workers.
Of the 20.7 million households (where at least one member is aged 16 to 64) in the UK, 11.9 million (57.6%) had all household members aged 16 and over in employment, up 160,000 or 0.7 percentage points over the past year.

Growth in the share of working households in the UK has been driven partly by increased proportions of lone parents working, which has risen 1.4 percentage points to 67.8% in 2017.

There were 5.7 million households (27.6%) with a mix of at least one working and one workless adult, down 70,000 or 0.3 percentage points over the year.

There were 3.1 million households (14.9%) where no member of the household was in employment, down 80,000 or 0.4 percentage points over the last year.

The proportion of working households continues to rise

Out of the 20.7 million households in the UK in January to March 2017, 11.9 million (57.6%) were classed as working, a further 5.7 million (27.6%) were classed as mixed, and 3.1 million (14.9%) were classed as workless. Within the 14.9% of workless households, 83.7% of those were economically inactive (with no-one in the household participating in the labour market).

Excluding student households, which are more likely to be workless than the rest of the population, there were 20.5 million households. Of these, 11.9 million (58.0%) were classed as working households, 5.6 million (27.5%) as mixed and 3.0 million (14.4%) as workless households. Student households are more likely to be economically inactive households; as a result, the percentage of households that are economically inactive is lower, at 12.1%, when excluding students compared with 12.5% for all households.

Working households increased by 160,000 or 0.7 percentage points compared with the same period a year ago, to stand at 11.9 million or 57.6% of all households for the period January to March 2017.

The proportion of workless households has been generally falling since comparable records began.

Over the past year this has decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 14.9% of all households.

The number of households in which no adult has ever worked was down 34,000 over the year and now stands at 290,000. In relation to all households in the UK containing at least one person aged 16 to 64 years, the percentage of households containing only people who have never worked was 1.4%, down 0.2 percentage points over the year.

In January to March 2017, the percentage of all households with dependent children, that were workless, was 9.1% (727,000), down 0.6 percentage points on the same period a year ago.

Overall there are more workers in the UK now than at any time since the current records started to be compiled in the early 1970s.

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