England

Rise in South West households where no-one works

The number of households where no-one is working has risen slightly over the past year in the South West.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the figure for the 12 months to June was 304,000 - 18,000 more than the year before.

It represents 17.9% - below the national average which stands at 18.8%

The ONS South West geographical area includes Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Despite the rise, the region has the lowest percentage in the UK of households where no-one has ever worked - 0.5% - due to strong seasonal industries.

The UK average for that is 1.3%.

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