Lit­tle change in ben­e­fit num­bers

The Timaru Herald - - Business -

Un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits were largely sta­ble last week, de­spite al­most 100,000 work­ers com­ing off the Covid-19 wage sub­sidy scheme. Data from the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment shows the jobs sup­ported by the scheme and its ex­ten­sions fell from 217,912 to 120,176 in the week to Septem­ber 18. Since the scheme’s launch in March, $14 bil­lion has been paid out. In May, the sub­sidy peaked at 1.66 mil­lion work­ers. An ad­di­tional 1498 peo­ple went on to Job­seeker Sup­port last week, tak­ing the to­tal to 202,274 or about 6.7 per cent of the work­ing age pop­u­la­tion. Covid-19 in­come re­lief pay­ments fell by 1663 to 14,573 last week. This pay­ment of $490 a week – about twice the Job­seeker Sup­port base rate – is for full­time work­ers who lost their jobs be­cause of the pan­demic.

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