Jobless Households Drop To 17.1%
The number of jobless households in the UK has dropped to 17.1% in the three months to June, according the the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Households with at least one person aged 16-64 out of work was down from 17.9% in the same period last year.
It is the lowest percentage since comparable records began in 1996 and brings the total number of workless households to 3.5m.
Overall the number of people aged 16-64 living in jobless households fell to 4.9m, the first time it has been below 5 million since 2008.
At 23%, the north east continues to be the area with the highest percentage of homes containing unemployed residents.
The south east has the lowest at 13%.
It comes as the latest ONS figures showed that unemployment in the UK fell by 4,000 to leave 2.51m out of work in the three months to June.
The unemployment rate remains at 7.8%, still well above the 7% target rate set by the Bank of England.