North Northamptonshire ‘workless’ rates one of the lowest in the UK

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Eleven per cent of households in north Northamptonshire are inhabited by people who are not in work – one of the lowest rates in the country, according to the latest figures.

Glasgow and Liverpool were in the top five so-called workless areas of the UK for the ninth consecutive year since records began.

Just over 30 per cent of households in Glasgow were workless in the first quarter of last year, up from 28.7 per cent the previous year, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The UK average for workless households was 18.1 per cent for 2012.

The lowest percentages last year were Hampshire (10.6 per cent) and around 11 per cent in north Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, West Sussex and Surrey.

The ONS said the link between some areas with the highest percentages were that they were all heavily industrialised in the last century.

Liverpool had the second highest percentage of workless households at 28.7 per cent, down from having the highest in previous years.

Other areas with the worst levels were Hull (27.6 per cent), Birmingham (27.4 per cent) and Wolverhampton (27.3 per cent).

Long-term and temporary sickness was the main reason given for not working by people aged 16-64 living in workless households.

Employment Minister Mark Hoban said: “Nationally, the number of workless households has fallen by more than 425,000 since the coalition took office. This is good news, but we know there are areas of the country where we need to do more.

“Helping people off benefits and into work is one of this Government’s top priorities. By reforming the welfare system to ensure that people are better off in work than on benefits, and through schemes such as the Work Programme where support can be tailored to meet local need, we are helping people across the country to get a job and fulfil their aspirations of looking after themselves and their families.”

Workless rates in the county:

North Northamptonshire 11.2

Corby 6.1

East Northamptonshire 7.7

Kettering 11.6

Wellingborough 18.4

West Northamptonshire 14.2

Daventry 18.0

Northampton 15.7

South Northamptonshire 7.2