The number of households with no member in work fell by nearly 100,000 over the past year, indicating the UK’s jobs boom is reaching households who might normally struggle to find jobs. Overall, nearly 60% of households had all members aged over 16 in employment, a rise of 315,000 compared to 2017. Economists welcomed the news, but warned that there may not be much room for further improvement on the figures. A separate survey by GfK has found that despite unemployment being at a record low, consumers remain gloomy about the wider economy. The GFK barometer measured consumer confidence at -7 for in May, up from -9 in April but still in the zero or negative territory it has been mired in since February 2016.