NEARLY nine in 10 households in Dudley have at least one working-age adult in employment, new figures show.

Office for National Statistics figures show 78,534 Dudley households containing one or more occupants aged between 16 and 64 had at least one person in employment in 2021.

The data means 86.7 per cent of households were classed as either working – where all working-age adults are in employment – or mixed, with at least one working and one workless adult – up from 84.8 per cent the year before.

Across the UK, the number of workless households rose for the first time since 2010 last year from 13.7 per cent to 14.1 per cent.

Across the UK, 34 per cent of workless households said they did not work because of sickness or disability.

This was the most common reason given in every region across the country – in the West Midlands, it was 31 per cent.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it has supported 1.3 million people with disabilities into work in the last five years.