Working and workless households in the UK: April to June 2022

The economic status of households in the UK and the people living in them, where at least one person is aged 16 to 64 years. Taken from the Labour Force Survey.

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Release date:
29 September 2022

Next release:
01 December 2022

1. Main points

  • Of the estimated 21.2 million households (where at least one member is aged 16 to 64 years) in the UK, 58.8% had all household members aged 16 years and over in employment during April to June 2022; up 0.8 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

  • There was an estimated 27.1% of households with a mix of at least one working and one workless adult, down 0.8 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

  • There was an estimated 14.1% of households where no member of the household was in employment, unchanged compared with the same period last year.

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2. Working and workless household data

Households by combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released on 29 September 2022
Quarterly and historical data on UK households by combined economic activity status of household members.

People by age and combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released on 29 September 2022
Quarterly and historical data on people living in UK households by age and combined economic activity status of household members.

Children in households by combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released on 29 September 2022
Quarterly and historical data on children living in UK households by combined economic activity status of household members.

Employment rates of people by parental status
Dataset | Released on 29 September 2022
Quarterly and historical data on employment rates of people in the UK by parental status.

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3. Measuring the data

Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets are used for analysis of family or household characteristics. For all analysis in this bulletin, a household is defined as containing at least one person aged 16 to 64 years. This bulletin focuses on the economic status of household members. For example:

  • number of people in employment in the household
  • number of people unemployed in the household
  • number of people economically inactive in the household

All estimates in this release are not seasonally adjusted. All comparisons should be carried out on an annual basis (for example, by comparing April to June periods with April to June periods, or October to December periods with October to December periods). Comparisons made in the datasets associated with this release are between the latest available period, April to June 2022, and April to June 2021.

LFS reweighting

LFS estimates published in the bulletin have been reweighted for periods from January to March 2020, using updated Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Real Time Information (RTI) data. The non-response bias adjustment, previously implemented for England, Wales and Scotland data, has now also been applied to Northern Ireland data.

Our Impact of reweighting on Labour Force Survey key indicators: 2022 article explains the impact and gives a more detailed reweighting timeline.

Coronavirus

For information on how labour market data sources are affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, see our Coronavirus and the effects on UK labour market statistics article, published on 6 May 2020. This article details some of the challenges that we have faced in producing estimates.

Our Comparison of labour market data sources article, published on 27 April 2022 compares our labour market data sources and discusses some of the main differences.

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5. Cite this statistical bulletin

Office for National Statistics (ONS), published 29 September 2022, ONS website, statistical bulletin, Working and workless households in the UK: April to June 2022.

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Contact details for this Statistical bulletin

Bob Watson
labour.supply@ons.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1633 455070