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New Zealand: New figures show young job seekers hit hardest by Covid-19

Young job seekers have been hit hard by Covid-19, with a rise of more than 80 per cent in the number of 18-24-year-olds on the Job Seeker Allowance.

Recent data from the Ministry of Social Development shows the number of 18-19-year-olds on the Job Seeker Work Ready allowance went from 5970 in August 2019 to 11,105 in August 2020. That’s an increase of 5135 young people on the benefit – or a rise of 86 per cent.

The number of 20-24-year-olds on the same allowance went from 14,220 in August 2019 to 26,268 in August 2020. That’s 12,048 more people on the allowance or an increase of 84 per cent.

In comparison, people seeking Job Seeker assistance in the 40-44-year-old age group went from 6774 in August 2019 to 9949 in August 2020 – an increase of just more than 46 per cent. Read more via NZHerald

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