Hamilton City Quarterly economic monitor - June 2019

Jobseekers

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Highlights for Hamilton City

  • Working age Jobseeker Support recipients in Hamilton City in the year to June 2019 increased by 9.2% compared with the previous year. Growth was lower relative to New Zealand, where the number of Jobseeker Support recipients increased by 9.6%.
  • An average of 6,727 people were receiving a Jobseeker Support benefit in Hamilton City in the 12 months ended June 2019. This compares with an average of 5,748 since the start of the series in 2010.

National overview

The number of Jobseeker Support recipients continues to increase, up 9.6%pa over the 12 months to June 2019. Strong growth in Jobseeker Support recipients is in stark contrast to the declining unemployment rate, which fell to 4.1% (annual average) in the June quarter. Government policy remains part of the reason for this divergence, with less stringent welfare policies increasing the number of people accessing Jobseeker Support. Part of the growth may also be attributed to more people not being actively engaging in the job market, or who are not work-ready, but are able to access support, with the number of people not in the labour force rising 3.8%pa in the June quarter.