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Jobseeker Support - December 2017 quarter

Jobseeker Support (JS) is for people that can usually look for or prepare for work (such as through supported training). It also includes people who can only work part-time or people who are unable to look for work because of various reasons like health conditions, injuries or disabilities.

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Jobseeker Support at the end of December 2017 was down by 1,270 compared to the end of December 2016. However, it has remained slightly higher compared to the end of December 2015 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly Jobseeker Support numbers, December 2012 to December 2017

Figure 1: Quarterly Jobseeker Support numbers, December 2012 to December 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.

The proportion of the working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support has gradually decreased over the last five years (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support, December 2012 to December 2017

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support, December 2012 to December 2017

Annual comparison

31-Dec-16

31-Dec-17

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

124,311 123,041 1.0 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

67,502 65,613 2.8 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition or Disability recipients

56,809 57,428 1.1 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support

4.3% 4.2% 0.1 percentage point decrease

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

41.9% 42.5% 0.6 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 (e.g. estimates as at the end of June 2017 have been used for the December 2017 quarter).