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Jobseeker Support - September 2018 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

As at 30 September 2018, there were 129,643 people in receipt of Jobseeker Support. This was an increase of 2.5 percent compared to the September 2013 quarter (126,470 people), and up 7.4 percent compared to September 2017 quarter (120,726 people) (Figure 1).

The increase from the September 2017 quarter was driven by the 11.1 percent increase in the number of people receiving Jobseeker Support – Work Ready.

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

Quarterly jobseeker support

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 number of Jobseeker Support recipients as at the September 2018 quarter was 4.3 percent of the estimated New Zealand working-age (18-64 years old) population. This was slightly up compared to last year’s proportion of the population (Figure 2).

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

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Annual comparison

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-18

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

120,726 129,643 7.4 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

64,299 71,409 11.1 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition or Disability recipients

56,427 58,234 3.2 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support

4.1% 4.3% 0.2 percentage point increase

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

43.5% 45.6% 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. Estimates as at the end of June are updated in the following August, so estimates for the end of June 2018 have been used for the September 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.