With the unemployment rate dropping you would expect the trend to continue.
As noted in the Result Action Plan for Reducing Long-term Welfare Dependence, a breakdown of client groups most at risk of staying on a benefit for longer periods is provided below. As at the end of June 2014, these client groups consisted of:
- 21,995 Māori (a 1.6 per cent decrease from the March 2014 quarter)
- 4,550 Pasifika (a 3.6 per cent decrease from the March 2014 quarter)
- 6,850 Youth (a 2.1 per cent decrease from the March 2014 quarter).
This is also in line with the HLFS employment data which shows the Maori unemployment rate is not falling as fast as Pasifika.
Numbers on the Supported Living Payment (generally ex Invalid Benefit) are static:
Numbers on Sole Parent Support are declining slightly: