With a focus on helping people off welfare and into work, benefit numbers have remained below predictions despite the economic conditions.

The number of people on the Unemployment Benefit was predicted to rise to 90,000 as a result of the recession, but peaked at 68,369 in January 2010.

The Government has maintained a strong focus on jobs.

That determined focus, along with the Government’s efforts to maintain an economy that supports business to create jobs, has seen us beat predictions.

Unemployment Benefit numbers at the end of September were 5,100 under forecast

In the last quarter of 2012 there were 339,095 people on benefit, the lowest December quarter since 2008.

Government’s job is to create the conditions to ensure jobs and growth happen.  That is what National is doing.