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Households and their work status

Work status of London households (2004-2021)

The proportion of working-age households where none of the adults are in employment (“workless households”) was consistently low at 8% between 2016 and 2020, having almost halved since 2004 when 15% of households contained nobody in employment. However, there was a slight increase to 9% in 2022 likely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that in 2022, at least one adult does some work in 91% of working-age households in London.

In 2022 there were over 3 million households in London (50%) where all adults were in work. Another 2.5 million households in London (41%) contained some working adults and some who were not in work.