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Jobseeker Support - June 2019 quarter

Jobseeker Support (JS) is for people who are looking for work or are preparing to look for work (such as through supported training). This benefit is also available to people who can only work part-time, or to people who are temporarily unable to look for work due to a health condition, an injury or a disability.

Five-year trend

There were 136,233 working-age people in receipt of Jobseeker Support as at the end of June 2019. This is 12.5 percent higher than the number of JS recipients (121,131) as at the end of June 2014.

Working age people in reciept of jobseeker support 2014-2019

By the end of the June 2019 quarter, there were 75,323 working-age people who received JS while actively looking for work or in training to find work (Jobseeker Support–Work Ready). During the same period, 60,910 working-age clients with a health condition, an injury or a disability received Jobseeker Support–Health Condition and Disability (JS-HCD).

jobseeker support recipients, by benefit sub-groups 2014-2019

The proportion of the working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support as at the end of June, decreased from 4.5 percent in 2014 to 4.1 percent in 2017, and then slightly increased in 2018 (4.2 percent) and continued its upward trend by the end of the June 2019 quarter (up to 4.5 percent).

Working age population receiving jobseeker support 2014-2019

Annual comparison

The number of working-age people in receipt of Jobseeker Support increased by 13,720 or 11.2 percent compared to the June 2018 quarter. The increase was mostly driven by a 15.4 percent increase in the Jobseeker Support–Work Ready category.

June 2018

June 2019

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

122,513 136,233 11.2 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support–Work Ready recipients

65,264 75,323 15.4 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support–Health Condition and Disability recipients

57,249 60,910 6.4 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support

4.2% 4.5% 0.3 percentage point increase

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

44.2% 46.7% 2.5 percentage point increase

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: Percentage of working-age population is based on Statistics NZ national population estimate year ended June for relevant years. The population estimates as at the end of June are updated in August. For this reporting period, estimates for the end of June 2018 have been used for the June 2019 quarter.

Note 3: Percentage of the working-age population and percentage of the working-age benefit population are shown as rounded figures, while the change between them is calculated from the exact values. The difference given may not correspond exactly with the difference between the percentages shown.