Friday, December 23, 2011
What's happening in the UK at a "Flash Gordon" pace is happening in Canada on a somewhat slower scale .... for now.
Neil O'Brien has a chilling article at the TelegraphUK. .....The riveting National Statistics publication "Working and workless households 2011" (a great read for that post-Christmas-lunch lull) shows that 1.4% of all working age households contain no one who has ever worked. That's twice the proportion in 1996, when the data was first collected.
The proportion of all children living in households where nobody has ever had a job more than doubled, from 1.2% to 2.6% of all children between 1996 and 2011......
....The proportion of couple households who have never worked rose from 0.1% to 0.2%. The proportion of singles from 1.2% to 2.4%, and the proportion of lone parent households where no one has ever worked from 3.2% to 5.2%.
Looked at as a share of the number of households which were workless at the time, the proportion of them where no one had ever worked rose from 3.4% in 1996 to 7.7% in 2011. As above, there was a similar proportional rise in all groups: from 1% to 2% for couples, 4% to 7% for singles, and from 8% to 16% of workless lone parent housholds.
The "Occupy" movement argues that there is a conflict between the "1%" of the very richest people versus the 99% of the rest of us. In a sense, the households where no one has ever worked are like a mirror image of the elite that Occupy have been talking about – they are the very most dependent 1.4%.
What forces have formed this hardcore?.................