Interesting that the Minister's press release about June benefit numbers is titled, "Benefit numbers rise slightly in June."
The June numbers are being compared to May.
I would have compared them by quarter - June to March. That's how the Ministry releases them to the public.
So I did.
Over the past six years, if the March and June quarters are compared there is a pattern. I've marked the ones that featured a rise.
So the positive pattern continues.
But 320,041 working-age people on a benefit is still very high at around one in eight dependent.
That's what the opposition should be highlighting - not a month to month rise. Let's see what Jacinda says. As usual she's slow to respond but I don't think she'll be able to resist a dig, given the title of the release.
Other people are starting to notice too
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