Working and workless households in the UK: April to June 2021

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 2021

Next release:
1 December 2021

1. Main points

  • Of the estimated 21.1 million households (where at least one member is aged 16 to 64 years) in the UK, 58.0% had all household members aged 16 years and over in employment during April to June 2021, down 0.9 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

  • There was an estimated 27.9% of households with a mix of at least one working and one workless adult, up 0.4 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, up 0.4 percentage points compared with the same period last year.

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Labour Force Survey (LFS) responses have been reweighted to new populations derived using growth rates from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Real Time Information (RTI, to allow for different trends during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The reweighting will give improved estimates of both rates and levels.

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2. Working and workless household data

Households by combined economic activity status of household members
Dataset | Released on 29 September 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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: Table P
Dataset | Released on 29 September 2021
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 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 and 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 2021, and April to June 2020.

Coronavirus

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

An article published on 11 December 2020 compares our labour market data sources and discusses some of the main differences.

Labour Force Survey (LFS) responses published from 15 July 2021 have been reweighted to new populations using growth rates from HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC's) Real Time Information (RTI), to allow for different trends during the coronavirus pandemic. Our Impact of reweighting on Labour Force Survey key indicators, UK: 2020 article explains the reweighting methodology, which gives improved estimates of both rates and levels.

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Contact details for this Statistical bulletin

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