In September New Zealand's unemployment rate hit 7.3 percent, up a whole half a percent on previous months.
That means 8000 fewer people were in work.
It came as a nasty shock to economic forecasters, but perhaps not to the unemployed themselves.
When you're struggling to find work you know how tough it is out there.
We intend to do more on this issue in the coming months, but tonight we have one woman's story: a woman who has applied for 153 jobs in two years and has not got one yet.
Watch the report by Kate King.