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Jobseeker Support - September 2017 quarter

Jobseeker Support (JS) is for people who can usually look for or prepare for work. It also includes people who can only work part-time or cannot look for work at the moment (eg because they have a health condition, injury or disability).

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Jobseeker Support at the end of September decreased between 2012 and 2015, increased between 2015 and 2016, then decreased again between 2016 and 2017 (Figure 1).

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

Quarterly Jobseeker Support 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.

The proportion of the working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support at the end of September has decreased between 2012 and 2017, with this decrease slowing since 2015 (Figure 2).

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

Proportion of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support, September 2012 to September 2017

Annual comparison

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

122,284 120,726 1.3 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

66,115 64,299 2.7 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition or Disability recipients

56,169 56,427 0.5 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support

4.2% 4.1% 0.1 percentage point decrease

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

43.1% 43.5% 0.5 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 (eg estimates as at the end of June 2017 have been used for the September 2017 quarter).

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