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COVID-19 Reporting

We have increased the frequency of our reporting on key data to provide more information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Zealand’s people, society and economy.

NOTE: In September, Statistics New Zealand released their national estimated resident population as at June 2020, rebased to the 2018 Census. The rebase has resulted in higher population counts than previously estimated, and translated into a decrease in the population proportions MSD reports on. For example, 12.0 percent of the estimated working-age population received a main benefit as at August 2020, before the rebase. After the rebase, this figure has been revised to 11.7 percent

Monthly Benefits Update

An overview of benefit and supplementary assistance data.

The report compares the present month with the previous month, and the same month last year. Further comparisons can be found in the supporting data file.

The data file provides the figures used to produce the Monthly Benefits Update and contains COVID-19 Income Relief Payment (CIRP) data by several demographic cuts, and by region (Regional Council and Territorial Authority).

Income Support and Wage Subsidy Weekly Update

An overview of income support, including COVID-19 Income Relief Payment and Resurgence Wage Subsidy data. These reports will be published each Friday.

The data file provides the figures used to produce the Income Support and Wage Subsidy Weekly Update, which also includes timeseries data for Jobseeker Support by Work and Income regions, and by Regional Council.

Previous COVID-19 Releases

Previous publications have been archived and can be found below:

Benefit Number Forecasts and Scenarios

The Treasury releases high-level benefit number and expenditure forecasts as part of the Economic and Fiscal Update releases found here.

As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, MSD is publishing the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) 2020 for:

  • central benefit number forecasts for PREFU 2020 which also feed into the planning for Work and Income
  • three additional scenarios.

MSD’s benefit number forecasts and scenarios are based on The Treasury’s macro-economic forecasts in August 2020 and scenarios published as part of PREFU 2020.

Previous forecasts

COVID-19 Evidence

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on almost all aspects of life. Our COVID-19 evidence work, often produced rapidly to meet the pace of New Zealand's response to the virus, provides insights into the pandemic's effects on New Zealand's people, society and economy. These can help support the government’s welfare, service and policy decision making around the crisis.