Poverty rate by family work status and family type

The bar graph below shows the proportion of the whole population in each type of family who were in poverty in 1997. The pies underneath show the proportion of all people in poverty who were in each family type. So, in 1997, 4% of people in full working households were in poverty, and they made up 7% of everyone who was in poverty that year. By clicking on different years, you can look at how the patterns have changed over time.

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One of the more striking findings here is the change in the composition of poverty from out of work families to working families. This is a long term trend. For some years now, excluding pensioners, over half of those in poverty were in working families. But this year, for the first time, over half of all people in poverty - including pensioners - were in working families. 

Of the three types of working family, those most at risk are those in part working families; those where either one adults is not working or no adult is working full time. Some 28% of all those in poverty are in these families. We know that since the start of the recession/ downturn in 2008, the number of people working part time but wanting full time work rose considerably. This is likely to be increasing the number of "part working" families, and hence their share of overall poverty. 

This interactive graph derives from an earlier blog on the topic. Read the full blog here. Unfortunately, this visualisation cannot be viewed in older versions of Internet Explorer (IE 8 and earlier). You can download a newer version here