Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - September 2019

Jobseekers

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • Working age Jobseeker Support recipients in Hamilton City in the year to September 2019 increased by 8.7% compared with the previous year. Growth was lower relative to New Zealand, where the number of Jobseeker Support recipients increased by 10.3%.
  • An average of 6,837 people were receiving a Jobseeker Support benefit in Hamilton City in the 12 months ended September 2019. This compares with an average of 5,785 since the start of the series in 2010.

National overview

Jobseeker Support recipient numbers continue to rise across New Zealand, with a rise of over 10% over the 12 months to September 2019. Jobseeker Support recipients now make up 4.8% of the working age population. Less rigorous welfare policies have contributed to the increase in Jobseeker Support recipient numbers. However, it is also becoming clear that part of the reason behind the rise in social assistance levels is a decline in the number of people actively engaging in the labour market. Over the year to September 2019, there was a 3.8%pa increase in the number of people not in the labour force, the fastest annual growth since 1989.