Almost a third of households in some parts of Britain have no people in employment.
A regional breakdown of data showed that Liverpool had the highest percentage of so-called workless households in 2011 at 31.6%, slightly down on the previous year's figure of 31.9%, said the Office for National Statistics.
South Teesside had the second highest rate at 29.1%. The highest figure in Wales was 28.7% in the Central Valley, while Glasgow topped the workless household league in Scotland, also at 28.7%.
The lowest percentage of workless households were mainly in the South of England, such as Oxfordshire (8%) and Buckinghamshire (9.8%).