Percentage of jobless households in the United Kingdom 1996-2019

In 2019, 13.6 percent of households in the United Kingdom were classified as 'workless', where none of the inhabitants aged over 16-64 were in employment. The proportion of jobless households in the UK has been declining since the mid 1990s, with a noticeable increase the aftermath of the financial crisis of the late 2000s.

Percentage of workless households in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2019

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1996 to 2019

Age group

16-64 years

Supplementary notes

* A workless household is a household that includes at least one person aged 16 to 64 where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment.
Figures taken from April-June for each year.

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