In 2010, there were three areas across the UK where more than three out of every 10 households had no-one in work, according to sub-regional data on working and workless households. These were:
• Liverpool (31.9 per cent);
• Nottingham (31.6 per cent) and
• Glasgow City (30.7 per cent).
This was the second consecutive year that these three areas had the highest percentage of workless households, although for Liverpool and Glasgow City the percentage fell, from 32.1 per cent and 31.1 per cent respectively. In Nottingham the percentage of workless households increased from 31.3 per cent. Over the seven years since 2004 that data are available, Liverpool has had the highest percentage of workless households in five of the years, with it being in the top three in the other two years.
There were differences in the reasons why members of workless households in the top three said they were not working. Being sick or disabled (at 28 per cent) was the main reason for such people nationally to not be in work, and this was also the percentage in Liverpool, while 33 per cent gave this reason in Glasgow. However in Nottingham, partly because of its multiple universities, 43 per cent of people in workless households gave study as their reason, compared with 12 per cent nationally.
Source: United Kingdom Office for National Statistics
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