Reasons for worklessness

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Reasons for not working for men and women aged 16-64 in London (2018/19)

This indicator shows the reasons for not working for men and women. The largest difference is amongst those who are looking after their family or home. There are 358,700 women within this category, but only 26,600 men (meaning roughly 13.5 times more women than men) are not working due to taking care of their family and home. In contrast, unemployment is higher amongst men (125,400) than women (97,000).

Other categories of reasons for not working are broadly similar, for example with 214,000 men not working because they are students and 215,700 women in the same situation.

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