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Timaru District Quarterly economic monitor - September 2020

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Highlights for Timaru District

  • Working age Jobseeker Support recipients in Timaru District in the year to September 2020 increased by 31.3% compared with the previous year. Growth was higher relative to New Zealand, where the number of Jobseeker Support recipients increased by 27.3%.
  • An average of 1,135 people were receiving a Jobseeker Support benefit in Timaru District in the 12 months ended September 2020. This compares with an average of 897 since the start of the series in 2010.

National overview

The number of Jobseeker Support has continued to rise, as job losses mounted across the economy. In total, over 204,000 New Zealanders are on a Jobseeker Support benefit, up over 61,000 from September 2019 – a 43%pa rise. There were also a considerable number of Kiwis on the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment (CIRP). In August, nearly 25,000 people were CIRP recipients, which provides a 12-week payment. With entitlements now ending, just under 12,000 CIRP recipients were recorded at the end of September 2020.