One in five Plymouth households jobless, according to new figures
ONE in five of households in Plymouth has no one in work, new figures reveal.
Latest data shows the number of homes in the city where none of the adults are in employment actually increased last year to 18,000 – 21.2 per cent of all households.
This is up by a thousand from 2010.
Plymouth has the third highest proportion of workless households in the region, coming after only Bristol (21.8 per cent) and Torbay (22.5 per cent), which topped the South West league table.
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The figures also show the number of children living in workless households in Plymouth stood at 7,000 in 2011 – unchanged from the previous year.
According to the analysis by the Office for National Statistics, Liverpool had the highest percentage of workless households in the UK. Overall 31.6 per cent of households there were workless in 2011, slightly down on the previous year's figure of 31.9 per cent.
It was the fourth year in a row that Liverpool had the highest rate, said the ONS.
Oxfordshire had the lowest proportion at eight per cent.
A workless household is classed as one that contains at least one person aged 16 to 64, where no-one is in employment.
Across the UK sickness, both long-term and temporary, was the main reason for not working given by the people living in workless households.
But in the South West it was retirement.
Employment Minister Mark Hoban described as 'encouraging' a national fall in both the proportion of workless households and in the proportion of children that live in a house where no one works.
He added: "However, in many areas, worklessness remains a substantial challenge. That is why we are taking action to ensure that those living in workless households and their children are given the right opportunities and support to succeed."
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "These figures make clear that high concentrations of workless households are not due to a so-called 'benefits culture' but because of mass unemployment caused by the collapse of major industries.
"It is a lack of jobs that puts people on benefits, not the other way round. Ministers must avoid the easy option of simply demonising people on benefits as this will not help a single person back into work.
"Instead we need an industrial strategy and proper investment to create jobs and give hope to these communities."
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