The Council of Trade Unions says:
“New data obtained by the CTU shows that less than half of people who come off a benefit are known to have obtained work,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “In 2014, MSD records show only 46% obtained work. We therefore cannot assume that falling benefit numbers means people coming off benefits found work.” The data was released to the CTU last month by the Ministry of Social Development under an Official Information request.
“Even adding on the 11% going into full time study means that as many as two out of five people leaving benefits aren’t going into work or study,” says Rosenberg.
The type of benefit isn't defined. All benefits or the Jobseeker?
Anyway, we can check whether this is worse than in the past.
In 2006/07 only 41% of working age clients leaving the unemployment benefit had obtained work.
DPB was also 41%, sickness benefit 18% and invalid, 26% .
More people leaving a benefit are obtaining work now than they were in 2007.