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Jobseeker Support - June 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, for example 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 June decreased between 2012 and 2016, but increased between 2016 and 2017 (Figure 1).

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

Quarterly Jobseeker Support numbers, June 2012 to June 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 June decreased between 2012 and 2015 before stabilizing in the last two years (Figure 2).

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

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

Annual comparison

30 Jun 2016

30 Jun 2017

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

117,954 118,776 0.7 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

64,265 63,029 1.9 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition or Disability recipients

53,689 55,747 3.8 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

42.1% 43.0% 0.9 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 June 2016 for June 2017 quarter).

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