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Work and Worklessness among Households in Scotland 2009

Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Work and Worklessness among Households in Scotland 2009. The publication provides information on the economic activity status of working age households in Scotland and its local authorities.

Information is provided on working households (where all adults are working), mixed households (where some adults are working and some are not) and workless households (where no adults are working). In addition, the publication also provides information on the number of children living in workless households.

Some of the main findings are:

  • In 2008, the workless household rate (where no adults in the household are working) in Scotland was 17.3 per cent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points over the year. This varied from 28.9 per cent of households in Glasgow being workless to 9.2 per cent in Aberdeenshire.
  • The working household rate (where all adults in the household are working) was 58.5 per cent in Scotland in 2008, down 1.3 percentage points from 2007.
  • The proportion of households in Scotland where some adults are working and some are not (mixed households) increased by 0.8 percentage points over the year and now stands at 24.2 per cent in 2008.
  • In 2008, there were 13.7 per cent of children in Scotland (almost 1 in 7 children) living in workless households, a decrease of 1.2 percentage points over the year.

The figures in the publication are derived from the Annual Population Survey (APS) household datasets. These have been designed specifically for analysis at the family unit and household level. The APS combines results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the English, Welsh and Scottish Labour Force Survey boosts.

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