Regional gulf in jobless houses remains high

THE PROPORTION of households in which no one works is back over 30 per cent in Glasgow, but the number in the south east of England is still dropping.

According to new data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday, in 2012, 30.2 per cent of households in Glasgow with at least one inhabitant between the age of 16 and 64 were workless, up from 28.7 per cent last year.

The sharp comparison with some more economically healthy regions appears to have grown between 2011 and 2012. Liverpool was previously the part of the UK with the highest share of households out of work, at 31.6 per cent in 2011, but the share fell by just under three per cent into last year.

The five parts of the UK with the fewest unemployed households are dotted around the south east of England’s commuter belt, where just over a tenth of households are workless.

While workless households have become less common in the south east since 2010, in some parts of the UK it has become more common.

While London has a slightly higher rate than some of its surrounding areas, at 17.5 per cent, it also has a much higher proportion of student households than much of the UK.

Even within London, there are some stark divisions: in Kingston, only 9.6 per cent of houses are workless, while the figure for Barking and Dagenham is nearly three times as high, at 26.3 per cent.

Earlier this week, Capital Economics outlined huge disparities in the value of homes around the UK. While prices round the UK rose by 3.5 per cent in the year to August, in Liverpool they are still falling, down by 4.3 per cent in the same period.