Region's beneficiaries declining

BABY BOOM: Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett.
BABY BOOM: Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett.

Latest figures show the number of beneficiaries in the Taranaki, Whanganui and King Country region is down on this time last year.

The number of people currently on the unemployment benefit, domestic purposes benefit and sickness benefit all decreased compared with figures from January 2012.

A total of 4250 people had left benefits for work in Taranaki since January 2012.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the number of people on unemployment benefits in January 2013 dropped 9 per cent since January 2012 to 2943.

The total number of people on benefits in Taranaki had also dropped to 16,020 since January, Mrs Bennett said.

In Taranaki there were more than 5500 people on the DPB in January 2012, now there were 5319.

In the same period sickness benefit numbers dropped to 2322.

"Staff at Work and Income work hard to identify job opportunities with local employers and connect them with people who're ready to work," Mrs Bennett said.

On average Winz put 1000 people into new jobs each week around the country.

In the year to October 2012, 82,000 New Zealanders went off benefits and into work.

Ministry of Social Development website figures show the number of people on the unemployment benefit last month was the lowest December figure since 2008.

In December 2012, 69 per cent of the 2938 unemployment beneficiaries in Taranaki, Whanganui and King Country were males.

About 70 per cent of people on the unemployment benefit had been continually receiving it for less than one year.

Less than four per cent had been continually receiving it for between four and 10 years, while .03 per cent had been continually receiving the unemployment benefit for more than 10 years.

Taranaki Daily News