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ONS reveals 2.7 million households without work

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics have revealed that between July and September 2020, there were 2.7 million households in the UK without work, 20,000 more than in the same recorded period in 2019.

These statistics were acquired from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) which cover the period July to September 2020, and only included households where at least one person was aged 16 to 64 years.

The figures have shown that out of the 20.9 million households in the UK during the recorded period, 12.2 million (58.9%) were working and an additional 5.7 million (27.7%) were classed as mixed.

Similarly, households where at least one adult was out of work increased from 26.9% in 2019 to 27.7% this year, with an additional 153,000 homes falling into this category and 2.8 million (13.4%) classed as workless.

Separate figures released by HMRC has shown the number of people on furlough continued to fall in September, down to 2.4 million from a previously high 8.9 million in May.

The report revealed in September, 45% of employers in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector, and 41% of those in accommodation and food services, were using the furlough scheme.

The report which covered the three months to October, found that employers’ confidence in hiring and investment decisions dropped by 5% points compared with the previous quarter.

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