Benefit Numbers Below Projections

June 15, 2010 New Zealand Finance

Latest Government figures show that the number of New Zealanders receiving a Government benefit is below previous projections.

On June 14th the New Zealand Government revealed that despite increasing by 0.6 percent during the month of May, the number of benefit receivers in the country is still below forecasts. According to Paula Bennett, Social Development Minister of New Zealand, stated that total benefit numbers increased by 1 887 in May, although 7 121 individuals previously on the found employment in the same period.

Paula Bennett elaborated on the figures, saying that the increase consisted of 729 extra people receiving the sickness benefit, 342 extra individuals receiving the Dependant Parent Benefit, and 391 who now receive the Unemployment Benefit. She added that there are currently 329 349 New Zealanders receiving a Government benefit, 60 106 of who are on the Unemployment Benefit. The Minister stated that she was especially pleased with the figures because they showed that 2 121 Maori and 440 Pacific Islanders left benefits as they had attained pad work.

Paula Bennet also said that Work and Income New Zealand received an additional 4 583 new job listings and offers of work during May. She concluded the statement, saying that the Department of Labour’s Jobs Online index has shown an 8.2 percent increase in national advertising for skilled positions in the three months up to May.

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