If I recall correctly , the unemployment figure for the U.K. was recently quoted as being around 2 million. ( always feel these are scandalously lower than actual numbers). No wonder I do not have a lot of money , as it would appear I am badly lacking in simple maths skills. Official figures show that there are almost 4 million households with at least one unemployed adult of working age. Should I take from these two figures that the average unemployed person has two homes ? If thats the case , why have I been stupid enough to work , without being unemployed since 1968 , when I left school at 16 ? Setting aside the fact that of the 4million households , there must be at least some with two or more non - working adults , where do they get the unemployment figures from ? And would it not be comparatively easy to take the number of legal-status adults in the U.K. , deduct the number of people paying N.I. contributions , students , and registered disabled, leaving the true number of people that are actually unemployed ? Or am I just being too simplistic? What do you think??