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Most families seen to be 'working'

Almost 90% of families are classified as "working families", the highest percentage since records began, a new report has shown.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the biggest increase has been among lone parent families with dependent children.

The 87.3% of families classified as working is the highest since comparable records started in 1996.

Other data showed that just over half of the two million workless families were families where all members have been out of work for at least three years, with retirement the most common reason for not being in employment.

Around 1.7 million dependent children were living in workless families - another record low, said ONS.

Parents of young children were almost twice as likely to be in a job if they were part of a couple, the research found.

Young mothers under 24 were only half as likely to be in work as older mums.

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