Government given another 'fix it' job
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 6:06p.m.
By Patrick Gower
Official unemployment figures show there are 163,000 New Zealanders out of work.
While the unemployment rate has dropped slightly, the size of the workforce has also shrunk. More bad news for "Mr Fix It" Steven Joyce to front for the Government.
“There's still plenty of challenges left in the market - no doubt about that,” he said today.
Unemployment is at 6.8 percent, meaning 163,000 people are unemployed and a further 111,000 are looking for extra hours of work.
“The way to get more jobs is to attract more investment into the New Zealand economy and that's what we are focussed on doing,” Mr Joyce says.
The current 6.8 percent is better then the 7.3 percent last quarter, which was the worst mark in 13 years. But figures show that percentage is based on a smaller sample; 33,000 fewer people are in the labour force.
“People have left the work force, they've actually given up looking for jobs or they've gone to Australia,” says Labour leader David Shearer.
There's continuing concern over the 90,000 15-24 year olds not in employment, education or training.
The figures make grim reading. The analysis is simple; the job market is flat-lining, which means the economy is too.
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14/02/2013 1:02:47 p.m.
I can't Mal... everything they do seems to be of no benefit to the public and leaves me to believe their can only be a hidden agenda.I also feel as though I am being lied to or at least misled everytime a National MP speaks,check out Parliament TV and see if I am wrong.
12/02/2013 7:45:44 p.m.
Name me one thing theyve done thats positive.
8/02/2013 6:57:26 p.m.
National caught with their 'out of touch' trousers down again...They'd obviously had no idea in the policy think tank,what to do with the 90K bored teenagers and adolescents on hand...? If they haven't already left the country...It must look like a plan to ship poor, and/or, untrained school leavers to Oz,...(or their parents house), to the outside observer...Throw another mess on the debacle-pile for this witless govt to anyone else...
8/02/2013 5:40:54 a.m.
Grim reading indeed. 90 thou 15 to 20 year olds disappear after leaving school. Thats either a hell of a lot gone overseas inexperienced or a hell of a lot living off mums and dads because they too have given up on getting a job. No wonder mental health is at an all time high with numbers. National you are failing this country big time.
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