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Jobseeker Support - September 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 142,931 working-age people in receipt of Jobseeker Support as at the end of September 2019. This is 16.1 percent higher than the number of JS recipients (123,133) as at the end of September 2014.

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By the end of September 2019, there were 80,602 working-age people who received Jobseeker Support – Work Ready (JS – WR) while actively looking for work or in training to find work. During the same period, there were 62,329 working-age clients with a health condition, an injury or a disability who received Jobseeker Support – Health Condition and Disability (JS – HCD).

Figure 2 shows the number of JS recipients by benefit sub-group over the last six September quarters.

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The proportion of the working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support as at the end of September, decreased from 4.5 percent in 2014 to 4.1 percent in 2017, and then trended upward. By the end of September 2019, about 4.8 percent of working-age population received JS support.

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Annual comparison

The number of working-age people in receipt of Jobseeker Support increased by 13,288 or 10.2 percent compared to September 2018. The increase was mostly driven by a 12.9 percent increase in the Jobseeker Support – Work Ready category.

September 2018

September 2019

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

129,643 142,931 10.2 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

71,409 80,602 12.9 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition and Disability recipients

58,234 62,329 7.0 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support

4.4% 4.8% 0.4 percentage point increase

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

45.6% 47.7% 2.1 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 (i.e. the population estimates as at June 2019 have been used for this quarter’s report).

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.