Many job hunting despite fall in workless homes

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job huntingThe number of households where all the adults are in work has fallen, with thousands of Brits still on the job hunt.

During the second quarter of this year there were 10.9 million such households, representing 53% and a fall of 36,000 of homes with at least one person aged 16 to 64 where all adult members are in employment.

But the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also show that the number of households where there are no people in employment has gone down by 0.8%.


Between April and June there were 3.7 million UK households with at least one member aged 16 to 64 where no one was in work, representing 17.9% of households.

This was the second consecutive fall, compared to 2010 when almost four million UK households had no adults in work, marking a slight improvement in the country's job situation.

The figures showed that 1.8 million children lived in these workless households, as did 5 million people aged 16 to 64.

If the fully retired and people living in student households are removed, then the number of workless households in the UK drops to 2.92 million.

The total of 3.7 million is not far off the lowest number of workless households which was recorded in 2006, two years before the economic downturn hit the UK. The figure then stood at 3.4 million or 17.3% - 0.6% lower than this year.


Sickness, both long-term and temporary, was the main reason given for not working by those people aged 16 to 64 living in workless households. This accounted for 1.45 million or around three in every 10 workless people.

Being unemployed was the second most common reason,accounting for 1.03 million or around one in five people. Family, retirement and study completed the top five of the most popular reasons.

Looking for work can be a stressful time, especially in the current climate. But don't despair, perseverance is key when it comes to applying for jobs.

Make sure your CV is up-to-date and always write a cover letter that is specific to the job, not a generic one you have saved on your computer.

Give yourself the extra edge and impress potential employers by embarking things like
short courses and online training to improve your skills. Doing so will also give you the confidence you need to slot back into the workplace.