December 7 2013 Latest news:
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
More than a fifth of households in Norwich and Great Yarmouth are inhabited by people who are not in work, according to latest figures.
Fifteen percent of Norfolk households and 13.6% of homes in Suffolk were workless in the first quarter of last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The East of England had the highest percentage where retirement was given as the main reason for not working, but almost a quarter said they were workless because of sickness or disability, with more than a fifth unemployed.
Nationally the figures showed almost a third of households in Glasgow were inhabited by people who are not in work, with the Scottish city and Liverpool in the top five so-called workless areas of the UK for the ninth consecutive year since records began.
But employment Minister Mark Hoban said the number of workless households had fallen by more than 425,000 since the coalition took office.
“This is good news, but we know there are areas of the country where we need to do more,” he added.
Other areas with the worst levels were Hull (27.6%), Birmingham (27.4%) and Wolverhampton (27.3%). The UK average for workless households was 18.1% for 2012.
The lowest percentages last year were concentrated in the south of England, with 10.6% in Hampshire and around 11% in north Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, West Sussex and Surrey.
London had the highest percentage of people in workless households who were studying.