By Max Clarke

The percentage of households where no adults work has dropped by 0.3% in a year, despite last month’s unemployment rise, today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Prior to July, unemployment had been on a downward trajectory, posting the single biggest monthly drop in jobless numbers for a decade in May.

Reflecting households’ income squeeze, there was a half percent rise in the numbers of households where all adults work- bringing the total to 53.5%.

The North East continues to house the highest levels of jobless families- a trend that will continue to worsen given the region’s dependence on the shrinking public sector.

Other interesting trends to emerge from the ONS’ latest statistics include a drop in unemployment for families with dependent children, and a corresponding rise in joblessness for households without dependents.

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