Working and workless households in the UK: April to June 2023

The economic status of households in the UK and the people living in them, where at least one person is aged 16 to 64 years. Taken from the Labour Force Survey.

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Cyswllt:
Email Bob Watson and Niamh Underhill

Dyddiad y datganiad:
30 August 2023

Cyhoeddiad nesaf:
29 May 2024

1. Main points

  • Of the estimated 21.3 million households (where at least one member is aged 16 to 64 years) in the UK, 59.1% had all household members aged 16 years and over in employment during April to June 2023, up 0.3 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

  • There were an estimated 27.2% of households with a mix of at least one working and one workless adult, up 0.1 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

  • There were an estimated 13.7% of households where no member of the household was in employment, down 0.4 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

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2. Working and workless household data

Households by combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released 30 August 2023
Quarterly and historical data on UK households by combined economic activity status of household members.

People by age and combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released 30 August 2023
Quarterly and historical data on people living in UK households by age and combined economic activity status of household members.

Children in households by combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released 30 August 2023
Quarterly and historical data on children living in UK households by combined economic activity status of household members.

Employment rates of people by parental status
Dataset | Released 30 August 2023
Quarterly and historical data on employment rates of people in the UK by parental status.

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3. Measuring the data

Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets are used for analysis of family or household characteristics. For all analysis in this bulletin a household is defined as containing at least one person aged 16 to 64 years. This bulletin focuses on the economic status of household members. For example:

  • number of people in employment in the household
  • number of people unemployed in the household
  • number of people economically inactive in the household

All estimates in this release are not seasonally adjusted and all comparisons should be carried out on an annual basis (for example, by comparing April to June periods with April to June periods, or October to December periods with October to December periods). Comparisons made in the datasets associated with this release are between the latest available period, April to June 2023, and April to June 2022.

Our Comparison of labour market data sources article, published on 27 April 2022 compares our labour market data sources and discusses some of the main differences.

The population totals used for the latest LFS estimates use projected growth rates from Real-Time Information (RTI) data for EU and non-EU populations based on 2021 patterns. The total population used for the LFS therefore does not take into account any changes in migration, birth rates, death rates, and so on, since June 2021, so levels estimates may be under- or over-estimating the true values and should be used with caution. Estimates of rates will, however, be robust.

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5. Cite this statistical bulletin

Office for National Statistics (ONS), published 30 August 2023, ONS website, statistical bulletin, Working and workless households in the UK: April to June 2023

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Manylion cyswllt ar gyfer y Bwletin ystadegol

Bob Watson and Niamh Underhill
labour.supply@ons.gov.uk
Ffôn: +44 1633 455400