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Video Summary: Workless Households for Local Areas in the UK, 2011

Released: 06 September 2012

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Transcript – Latest on workless households

This is a short video looking at the latest on workless households in the UK. 

We will be concentrating on the areas with the highest and lowest percentages of workless households, as well as, a breakdown for each UK region.

This chart will illustrate the top five workless household areas for 2011, and as we can see, Liverpool has the highest percentage of workless households, followed by South Teesside, Central Valleys, Glasgow City and Sunderland. The figures show the percentage of workless households in each of these areas.

If we now consider the period from 2004 to 2011 we can see that in 2004 the top five regions were Liverpool, Glasgow City, Inner London East, Gwent Valleys and Central Valleys.

The red line illustrates the ranking of Liverpool throughout the period, and since 2004, Liverpool has not dropped out of the top three and has in fact been top for the last four years. The only other area to be in the top 5 for the whole period is Glasgow City, illustrated by the green line. As we can see, Glasgow was top in 2006 and 2007 but in 2011 Glasgow dropped out of the top three for the first time.

For the other top 5 ranked areas in 2004 we can see that Inner London East dropped out of the top 5 in 2005 and has not returned. Gwent Valleys remained fourth in 2005 and then dropped out of the top five, but did make a re-appearance in 2009 before dropping out again. Finally, Central Valleys dropped out of the top 5 between 2005 and 2010, but as seen earlier, is now ranked third in 2011.

For the remaining two areas in the top five in 2011, the purple line illustrates the pattern of South Teesside who was ranked outside the top 5 until 2010, but is now ranked 2nd in 2011. Lastly Sunderland, ranked fifth in 2011 has only entered the top five ranking in 2011.

Now we will go on to analyse the lowest areas for workless households using this map.

The lowest percentage is Oxfordshire and the red dotted line illustrates Oxfordshire’s position on the UK map. The second lowest area is Buckinghamshire, the third lowest is East Cumbria and the fourth and fifth lowest areas are Surrey and Berkshire respectively.

As the circle illustrates four of the top five lowest workless household areas, with the exception of East Cumbria, are in the South East of England. 

Finally we will look at the top and bottom three workless household areas for each region of the UK. We will start with Scotland where the highest percentage of workless households can be found in Glasgow City, and the lowest in Caithness & Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty. We have excluded the Shetland and Orkney islands due to small sample sizes.

Next we can see that for the North East, the highest percentage can be found in South Teesside and the lowest in Northumberland. In the North West, the highest percentage is in Liverpool and the lowest in East Cumbria.

For Yorkshire and the Humber, the highest percentage is in Kingston upon Hull and the lowest is in York. In the East Midlands the highest percentage of workless households is in Nottingham and the lowest is in North Northamptonshire. In the West Midlands the highest percentage is in Wolverhampton and the lowest is in Shropshire.

Moving further south, we can see that in the East of England the highest percentage of workless households is in Luton and the lowest is in Hertfordshire. In London, the highest percentage can be found in Inner London East and the lowest in Outer London South.

In the South East, the highest percentage can be found on the Isle of Wight and the lowest in Oxfordshire. For the South West of England, the highest percentage can be found in Torbay and the lowest in Wiltshire.

Finally looking at Wales, we can see that the highest percentage of workless households can be found in the Central Valleys and the lowest in Flintshire and Wrexham.

  • Liverpool had the highest percentage of workless households in the UK in 2011, at 31.6 per cent. This is the fourth year that Liverpool has topped this ranking.

  • Glasgow City is the only other area consistently to have been in the highest five since records began in 2004. It is currently the fourth highest area in the UK and highest in Scotland.

  • The Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff) has the highest percentage of workless households in Wales.

  • Four of the five areas with the lowest percentages of workless households are in the South East of England. The lowest of all is Oxfordshire, at 8.0 per cent.

  • Finally it shows the highest and lowest percentages for each region in England and also for Wales and Scotland.

Source: Office for National Statistics

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