Increase in Unemployment Benefits Across Coromandel
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Posted May 08, 2020
Media Release: Hon Scott Simpson MP Coromandel
Stark figures released from the Ministry of Social Development show a large increase in applications for the jobseekers benefit, National’s MP for Coromandel Scott Simpson says.
“Although the curve has been flattened, the hard work is only just beginning.
“Parts of the Coromandel electorate such as the Thames-Coromandel district has experienced a 33 per cent increase in people applying for the benefit, while the numbers of those applying for the benefit in the Western Bay of Plenty district has increased by 25 per cent.
“While it is great that the threat of Covid-19 is becoming smaller and smaller by the day, it is clear that we need to get the economy back up and running, and fast.
““The fact that such a large number of people sought the job seeker support when the Wage Subsidy was available shows the scale of the new unemployment challenge.
“These aren’t just statistics, behind every job loss is a family now struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table.
“We can be proud that we’ve flattened the Covid curve, we don’t want to flatten the economy too. I want to see the Coromandel working again. I trust our businesses to get working again safely.
“The rate of unemployment has already increased and is expected to surge after the lockdown is over as many business owners struggle to decide if they can pick up the pieces or if they just should move on.”