How we make a liv­ing in In­ver­cargill elec­torate

The Invercargill Eye - - CONVERSATIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

Just over 18 per cent of peo­ple in the In­ver­cargill elec­torate re­ceive su­per­an­nu­a­tion or a vet­eran’s ben­e­fit, above the na­tional fig­ure of 16.8 per cent. The pro­por­tion of peo­ple in In­ver­cargill re­ceiv­ing other ben­e­fits is low - un­em­ploy­ment (4,4%), sick­ness (1.8%) do­mes­tic pur­poses (2.8%) and in­valids ben­e­fit (2.6%).

The most com­mon oc­cu­pa­tion groups among em­ployed peo­ple in the In­ver­cargill elec­torate are labour­ers (17.1%), man­agers (16.7%) and pro­fes­sion­als (15.8%).

Just over 14% of em­ployed peo­ple aged 15 and over in the elec­torate work in man­u­fac­tur­ing, 12.8% in agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­ing, and 10.6% in health or so­cial as­sis­tance.

The me­dian per­sonal in­come of peo­ple in the In­ver­cargill elec­torate aged 15 or over is $28,600, which ranks us 32th out of the 72 elec­torates in the coun­try. The na­tional me­dian in­come is $28,500.

The me­dian fam­ily in­come in In­ver­cargill is $69,800, slightly be­low the na­tional me­dian of $72,700, but well be­low the Auck­land elec­torate of Ep­som, which has the high­est me­dian of $118,300.

Just un­der half (48.7%) of peo­ple aged 15 or over in the elec­torate are in full-time em­ploy­ment, slightly above the na­tional fig­ure of 45.6%. Eight out ten lo­cal work­ers work for wages, seven per­cent em­ploy oth­ers in their own busi­ness, and 8.2 per cent are self em­ployed.

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