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Jobseeker Support - March 2018 quarter

Jobseeker Support (JS) is for people who are looking for work and/or 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 unable to look for work due to a health condition, an injury or a disability.

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Jobseeker Support as at 31 March 2018 (118,755 people), was 7.8 percent lower than as at 31 March 2013 (128,784 people). The decrease in Jobseeker Support numbers follows a seasonal downward pattern after the December quarter.

Figure 1: Quarterly Jobseeker Support numbers, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 1: Quarterly Jobseeker Support numbers, March 2013 to March 2018

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.

On a year to year comparison, 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, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support, March 2013 to March 2018

Annual comparison

31-Mar-17

31-Mar-18

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

119,405 118,755 0.5 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

63,945 63,048 1.4 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition or Disability recipients

55,460 55,707 0.4 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support

4.1% 4.0% 0.1 percentage point decrease

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

42.9% 43.4% 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 (e.g. estimates as at the end of June 2017 have been used for the March 2018 quarter).

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