Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Unemployment Rate versus Jobseeker Receipt by region

Here the official unemployment rate (from the HLFS) is charted against the receipt of Jobseeker benefit (from MSD fact sheets) by region at December 2019.

Only Auckland and Otago have a higher unemployment rate than % of the (local) working age population receiving a Jobseeker Benefit.

All of the areas with large discrepancies have high Maori populations. This is consistent with the discrepancy when charted on ethnicity alone.

My current conclusion is that many Maori in those regions are not unemployed but working part-time or seasonally so still entitled to the Jobseeker benefit.

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