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Jobseeker Support - December 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

There were 134,048 working-age people in receipt of Jobseeker Support as at the end of December 2018 (Figure 1). This is higher than the number of people (130,225) in receipt of Jobseeker Support at the end of December 2013 quarter.

Figure 1: Quarterly Jobseeker Support numbers, December 2013 to December 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 proportion of the working-age population receiving Jobseeker Support at the end of the December quarter fell from 4.8 percent in 2013 to 4.2 in 2017, and then increased to 4.5 percent by the end of December 2018 quarter (Figure 2).

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

Proportion of working age jobseeker support

Annual comparison

The number of working-age people in receipt of Jobseeker Support increased by 11,007 or 8.9 percent compared to December 2017. The increase was mostly driven by a 12.9 percent increase in the Jobseeker Support – Work Ready category.

December 2017

December 2018

Annual change

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

123,041 134,048 8.9 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Work Ready recipients

65,613 74,107 12.9 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support – Health Condition or Disability recipients

57,428 59,941 4.4 percent increase

Percentage of working-age population receiving a Jobseeker Support

4.2% 4.5% 0.3 percentage point increase

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Jobseeker Support

42.5% 44.8% 2.3 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 Estimates 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 December 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.