Porirua City Quarterly economic monitor - December 2019

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Highlights for Porirua City

  • Working age Jobseeker Support recipients in Porirua City in the year to December 2019 increased by 3.1% compared with the previous year. Growth was lower relative to New Zealand, where the number of Jobseeker Support recipients increased by 10.6%.
  • An average of 2,028 people were receiving a Jobseeker Support benefit in Porirua City in the 12 months ended December 2019. This compares with an average of 1,937 since the start of the series in 2010.

National overview

Benefit support levels continue to rise further, with the number of people receiving a Jobseeker Support benefit rising 10.6%pa on average over the year to December 2019. Jobseeker Support recipients have risen to 4.9% of the estimated working age population. The labour market remains tight, with sustained lower unemployment, but strong growth in those not participating in the labour force. It seems that the mismatch of skills that potential workers have, and that employers want, has seen an increase in people not being as active in seeking work.