The number of people on the “jobseeker” benefit has dropped by four per cent in Nelson, the second-largest decrease in the country.
Nationally, the numbers on jobseeker benefits rose by 0.2 per cent to 117,134 in the year to March, the first year-on-year increase for six years, according to figures released by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today.
But the turnaround was mainly due to the wind-down in Canterbury, where jobseekers jumped from 7701 a year ago to 9100, the highest March figure since the current jobseeker benefit was created in 2013, reported the New Zealand Herald.
Nelson enjoyed the second-biggest drop with 4 per cent, followed by the Bay of Plenty on 3.7 per cent.
Tasman had a slight increase in the number of people on the jobseeker benefit, up by 0.8 per cent.