At the UK level, 3.38 million or 16.4% of households with at least one person aged 16-64 were classified as workless in 2014. For the Lancashire-14 area, the number of workless households was estimated at 92,000 or 19.7% of the total. For the Lancashire-12- area, the percentage was lower at 18.7%.
Within Lancashire, the somewhat volatile local authority results range between highs of 26.3% in Pendle and 25.4% in Blackpool, to only 11.1% in Fylde and just 9.3% in Ribble Valley.
The period from 2006 and 2014 reveals that the percentage of workless households in the UK increased quite noticeably between 2008 and 2009, before reaching a high of 19% in 2010. The past four years have seen the rate decline quite sharply to reach 16.4% in 2014.
The Lancashire results are more volatile, but indicate that workless household rates were increasing between 2011 and 2013 at a time when the national picture was one of decline. The latest 2014 results revealed sharp declines in the rates at the both the Lancashire-12 and Lancashire-14 levels.
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