Unemployment Issues

The Ministry of Social Development, national fact sheets for Unemployment Benefits March 2012 reported that at the end of March 2012, 53,000 working-age people (aged 18–64 years) were receiving an Unemployment Benefit.

Of the clients receiving an Unemployment Benefit at the end of March 2012:

  • three in four (75 percent) had received an Unemployment Benefit continuously for under one year
  • 0.1percent had received an Unemployment Benefit continuously for 10 years or more.

Two percent of Unemployment Benefit recipients at the end of March 2012 had received a main benefit continuously for 10 years or more.