Third of Liverpool households are jobless

Jobcentreplus There are about 2.5 million people unemployed in the UK

Liverpool, Nottingham and Glasgow had the highest number of jobless households in the UK last year, official figures show.

More than 30% of households in the three cities had nobody in work, the data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

The lowest rates of household worklessness were in Bedfordshire and Surrey.

Across the whole of the UK nearly 19% of households had nobody in work.

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It is the second consecutive year that Liverpool had the highest percentage of workless households.

Below the three cities that head the list were the Gwent Valleys and the East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire mainland.

Apart from Bedfordshire and Surrey - where less than 11% of households were workless - Inverness and Nairn and Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey, Berkshire, and Hampshire had low levels of household worklessness.

The figures refer to households with at least one adult aged 16 to 64. The ONS compares compares areas of similar population size that may cross local authority boundaries.

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