Marlborough Region Quarterly economic monitor - June 2020

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Highlights for Marlborough Region

  • Working age Jobseeker Support recipients in Marlborough Region in the year to June 2020 increased by 18.2% compared with the previous year. Growth was lower relative to New Zealand, where the number of Jobseeker Support recipients increased by 19.0%.
  • An average of 1,083 people were receiving a Jobseeker Support benefit in Marlborough Region in the 12 months ended June 2020. This compares with an average of 899 since the start of the series in 2010.

National overview

In total, nearly 50,000 New Zealanders were added to government unemployment support over the June 2020 quarter, taking the total number of people supported to over 200,000. On average over the last year, Jobseeker Support recipients are up 19%pa. This rise doesn’t include the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment which was supporting nearly 11,000 more people at the end of June 2020. This rise in government support of Jobseeker Support recipients occurred even as the government spent over $12.3b to support 1.7m workers (61% of the labour force) through the Wage Subsidy and extension.