Five million have never had a job under Labour - raising fears of a 'Shameless' generation of benefit addicts | Mail Online
Not sure how this compares to other countries, but that's around 8% of the population. The article also notes that there are 2.6m people on "incapacity benefit," 800k of whom have been on it for more than 10 years.At least five million people of working age have not done a day's work since Labour came to power, research suggests.
The figure, to be highlighted by the Tories tomorrow, will fuel fears that the Government has cultivated a 'Shameless' generation dependent on the state.
An analysis of official data shows that three million in England and Wales had no job between 1996 and 2001, while a further two million had never had a job.
The latest official figures say unemployment has risen to 2.4million - its highest since 1995 - as the recession takes hold.
But there is growing evidence of a hidden army of Britons of working age who are not in jobs.
They include those stuck on incapacity benefit, lone parents and youngsters not in education or employment (NEETs).