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06.09.12

Highest percentage of workless in Liverpool – ONS

Liverpool has the highest percentage of workless households in the UK, according to new analysis from the ONS.

In 2011, 31.6% of households in Liverpool were classed as workless, slightly down from the previous year’s figure of 31.9%. In Wales, the area with the highest percentage of worklessness was in the Central Valleys at 28.7%. Glasgow City was the worst area in Scotland at 28.7%.

The common factor within the top five areas is that they were all heavily industrialised in the last century, the ONS said.

The lowest percentage of workless households in the UK are all mainly in the south of England, with Oxfordshire having the lowest at 8.0%. Buckinghamshire follows at 9.8% and the third lowest percentage is East Cumbria with 10.9% of workless households.

The main reasons listed for worklessness throughout the UK are sickness, both long-term and temporary, student households and people who have retired.

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