The proportion of households in the UK where no-one is working is at its lowest point for over 20 years, the Office for National Statistics says.
The figures show 14.3% of households containing working-age adults are “workless” – down 0.2% compared with the same point last year.
Fewer children were living in families where no-one was currently working.
But more children were living in households where no-one had ever worked – up by 32,000 to 204,000.
The employment figures show a picture of rising levels of work in the 21 million households with people aged between 16 and 64.
There are fewer workless families now than at any point in a data series going back to 1996.
In the late 1990s, about 20% of households had no adults working, but that has fallen to about 14%, representing about three million households.
In about 12 million households, all the adults had jobs – with 7.5 million children living in homes where everyone was working.
The proportion of children living in workless households is down to about 10%, about half the levels of the late 1990s.
The numbers of lone parents in work have remained broadly constant for the past decade, says the ONS, with a slight rise reported in these latest figures.
The figures show that parents with dependent children are more likely to be in work than adults without dependent children.
Almost 93% of men and over 74% of women with dependent children are working – including both full-time and part-time jobs.
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said: “One of the best ways to tackle poverty and give children a better chance in life is to have a working adult in the house.
“It gives them a role model to learn from and brings financial security to the home.
“Getting a job means more than just a wage, it’s a way out of poverty and welfare dependency,” she said.
But poverty campaigners have highlighted the importance of the quality as well as quantity of jobs – saying the changing labour market can mean families can be stuck in low-paid or insecure jobs.
They have warned that most children living in poverty are now in families where at least one parent is working.