In April to June 2013:
- 17.1% of all households with at least one person aged 16-64 were workless, down from 17.9% in the same period last year. This is the lowest percentage since comparable records began in 1996. The total number of workless households was 3.5 million.
- The number of people aged 16-64 in workless households fell to 4.9 million, the first time it has been below 5 million since 2008.
- The number of children in workless households was 1.6 million, or 14% of all children. Of these, 65% were living in single-parent households.
- There were 297,000 households where no-one had ever worked, down 43,000 on the year. Excluding student households there were 224,000 households containing only people who have never worked, down 41,000 on the year.
- The North East remained the area with the highest percentage of its households workless, at 23%, with the South East having the lowest at 13%.