The number of households in which nobody has a job reached a record total of nearly four million last year.
Rising numbers of workless homes – where no one between the ages of 16 and 64 is employed – have been blamed on the recession and families on benefits unwilling to earn a living.
Figures published yesterday reveal that during the last three months of 2011 there were more than 3.9million homes in which no one had a job.
Almost one in five of the country’s households are now workless.
The results brought new pledges from ministers to try to persuade those dependent on benefits to go out and look for jobs.
Employment minister Chris Grayling said: ‘These figures confirm the challenge we face to get people into employment. Read More