New figures released by the Office of National Statistics have shown an alarming number of households in Wales are now affected by unemployment.
Over half of households in Wales now have at least one person out of work.
That equates to around half a million homes.
Neath Port Talbot is the area hardest hit – with 56 point 2 percent of households having at least one person of working age without a job.
Meanwhile, in Liverpool, Nottingham and Glasgow more than three out of every 10 households had no one aged 16 and over in employment.
Gwent Valleys are in the next highest rates of worklessness along with East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire mainland, said the Office for National Statistics.
In contrast, areas including Bedfordshire, Surrey, Inverness and Nairn and Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey, Berkshire and Hampshire had the lowest rates at around one in 10.
The study, covering 2009, showed that around one in five households in the UK had no one in work, with Bristol, South Lanarkshire and North Nottinghamshire closest to the national average.
It was the second successive year that Liverpool had the highest percentage of workless households, with a 1.2 per cent increase on 2008.