Sunday, September 14, 2014

More people rely on government transfers

Statistics NZ released Census data about personal (15 years+) and family incomes last week. Income is gross and relates to the year prior to Census night.

Here are some cut and paste highlights (or lowlights perhaps).

- The only sources of personal income to experience an increase between 2006 and 2013 were 'NZ superannuation or veterans pension' (2.0 percentage point increase) and 'other government transfers' (0.9 percentage point increase). 

-  12.7 percent of men and 19.4 percent of women received personal income from 'other government transfers'. This higher rate for women was partly accounted for by the domestic purposes benefit (90.0 percent of recipients were female) and 'other government benefits, payments, or pension' (75.4 percent were female).

- Auckland region has highest proportion of adults who receive personal income of $15,000 or less
In Auckland, the local board areas with the highest proportion of people having an annual income of $15,000 or less were:
•  Mangere-Otahuhu (42.2 percent)
•  Otara-Papatoetoe (40.1 percent)
•  Great Barrier (37.5 percent). 

- In 2013 compared with 2006, for people in the 15–19-year age group:
•  median personal income from all sources dropped 74.2 percent – from $3,100 to
•  the proportion stating they had no source of income increased – from one-quarter
(28.8 percent) in 2006, to almost half (43.8 percent) in 2013
•  employment decreased 30.9 percent – from 136,980 (47.2 percent) employed part-
or full-time in 2006, to 94,596 (33.7 percent) in 2013. 

- At some time in the 12 months ending 31 March 2013:
•  25.1 percent of families received income from an 'other government transfer' (up
from 23.2 percent in 2006)
•  17.5 percent of families received income from NZ superannuation or veterans
pension (up from 14.8 percent in 2006) 

- Over half of one-parent families receive an annual income of $40,000 or less In 2013, the percentages of families receiving a family income from all sources of $40,000 or less were:
•  24.7 percent for couples without children
•  60.6 percent for one-parent families
•  10.2 percent for couples with child(ren).

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