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All main benefits - September 2017 quarter

Five-year trend

Numbers of working-age people receiving main benefits in September 2017 were lower than in September 2012 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly main benefit numbers, September 2012 to September 2017

Quarterly main benefit numbers, September 2012 to September 2017

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years. This definition reflects the minimum age of eligibility for most main benefits and the age of qualification for New Zealand Superannuation.

Note 2: Jobseeker Support (JS), Supported Living Payment (SLP), and Sole Parent Support (SPS).

Note 3: Other includes Youth Payment (YP), Young Parent Payment (YPP), Emergency Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Emergency Benefit (EB), Jobseeker Student Hardship (JSSH), Widow’s Benefit Overseas (WBO), and Sole Parent Support Overseas (SPSO).

The proportion of the working-age population who were receiving a main benefit at the end of September decreased over the last five years (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving main benefits, September 2012 to September 2017

Proportion of working-age population receiving main benefits, September 2012 to September 2017

Annual comparison

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

Annual change

Number of working-age people receiving a main benefit

283,875 277,220 2.3 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

122,284 120,726 1.3 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

64,372 59,502 7.6 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

93,257 92,847 0.4 percent decrease

Number of Youth Payment/Young Parent Payment recipients

1,139 1,878 64.9 percent increase

Number of recipients on other main benefits

2,823 2,267 19.7 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving a main benefit

9.8% 9.4% 0.4 percentage point decrease

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years. This definition reflects the minimum age of eligibility for most main benefits and the age of qualification for New Zealand Superannuation.

Note 2: YP/YPP recipients shown are 18+ years. There were 1,666 YP/YPP recipients aged 16 to 17 years at the end of September 2017. From 25 October 2016, the Youth Service was extended to include 19 year-old teen parents (YPP), and changes were introduced for young partners and young parent partners participating in the youth services.

Note 3: Other main benefits include EMA, EB, JSSH, WBO, and SPSO.

Note 4: Percentage of working-age population is based on Statistics NZ National Population Estimate year ended June for relevant years (eg estimates as at the end of June 2017 have been used for the September 2017 quarter).

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