Posted October 03, 2018 12:16:58 New Zealand unemployment figures reveal the number of people claiming unemployment benefits rose by nearly 200,000 in the first half of 2018, as the country’s economy boomed.
The rise was driven by a rise in the number claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) – the government’s temporary help for unemployed people – as the economy grew faster than anticipated.
It’s been a particularly busy year for the New Zealand economy, which has been hit by a record number of wildfires, floods and bushfires.
In 2018, there were 3,814,000 people claiming Jobseeker Allowance, the Government’s unemployment benefits agency said.
The number of unemployed people receiving JSA increased by about 6,000, or 23 per cent, to 3,924,000.
That compares with an increase of around 17 per cent in unemployment claims, according to the latest statistics released by the Department of Employment.
The Government has been urging businesses to increase their use of temporary help, as it was forecast that unemployment would rise by 5 per cent.
In the first two months of 2018 there were more than 1.3 million people claiming JSA in New Zealand.
The figures will fuel claims by the Opposition that the Government is failing to provide jobs.
“It’s the worst month for Jobseers in recent memory,” Opposition Leader Winston Peters said.
“The numbers don’t add up.
It is absolutely unacceptable that the Prime Minister is making the Government look bad on the back of Jobseekers in need.”
We’ve seen the Government do nothing about Jobseekers unemployment but this is the latest in a series of failures by the Government.
“We want to see real solutions for Jobseekers that have been struggling to find work in New England and around the world.”
Jobseekers unemployment is still too high and we’re going to continue pushing for real solutions that will get more people back into work and get the economy growing again.
“The increase in unemployment claimed in the second half of the year was driven primarily by a jump in claims for Jobselink.
A total of 3,096,000 Jobseekers received Jobselank, the lowest since April 2017.
The latest unemployment figures are released at 9am on Wednesday.
In 2017, there was a drop of 2.5 per cent for Job-seeker benefits, according the Department.