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All main benefits - June 2017 quarter

Five-year trend

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

Changes in benefit numbers over this period largely reflect changes in economic conditions, and an increased focus by Work and Income on moving job seekers into paid work.

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

Quarterly benefit numbers, June 2012 to June 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), 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 June decreased over the last five years (Figure 2).

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

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

Annual comparison

30-Jun-16

30-Jun-17

Annual change

Number of working-age people receiving a main benefit

280,177 276,331 1.4 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

117,954 118,776 0.7 percent increase

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

65,422 60,631 7.3 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

93,243 92,991 0.3 percent decrease

Number of Youth Payment/Young Parent Payment recipients

983 1,649 67.8 percent increase

Number of recipients on other main benefits

2,575 2,284 11.3 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving a main benefit

9.9% 9.6% 0.3 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 1,650 YP/YPP recipients aged 16 to 17 years at the end of June 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 June 2016 for June 2017 quarter).

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