Key dismisses unemployment concerns
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 3:01p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
The Prime Minister is blaming Auckland for skewing a national survey which puts unemployment at its highest in 13 years.
Statistics New Zealand released the results of their Household Labour Force Survey this morning, showing 13,000 more unemployed people than three months ago and a total of 175,000 without jobs.
But John Key says the data is at odds with the Government’s own “anecdotal” evidence and says the Government has created 57,000 new jobs over the last 12-18 months.
“They are just very much at odds with everything else that we see,” he says.
“In the end it’s one survey and like a lot of surveys, from time to time, it can produce unusual data.
“It is focussed on Auckland and that runs a little counter to what we’ve actually anecdotally seen in Auckland.”
Mr Key didn’t go so far as to say the numbers were wrong, but said he’d wait until the December statistics are released.
“Goodness knows what the next one will look like.”
Mr Key says the global financial crisis and international trade is playing a part in the economy and that was out of the Government’s control.
“New Zealand is a very small cork in a very big ocean,” he says, adding that he thinks the country is “on the right track”.
Opposition parties react
The Green Party says the figures are shocking and is the “final nail in the coffin” for the Government’s economic credibility.
Co-leader Metiria Turei says under the National Government’s watch, unemployment has increased by a total of 78,000.
She says using a wider measurement of “joblessness”, there are actually 294,900 New Zealanders without a job.
“The National Government has failed New Zealanders; its economic record is in tatters,” said Ms Turei.
Labour’s employment spokesperson Su’a William Sio says the figures are worse for Maori and Pasifika with unemployment rates of around 15 percent for both. The national rate is 7.3 percent.
“The Government has failed to make any attempt to address Māori and Pasifika unemployment and is leaving them to fend for themselves,” he says.
Mr Sio says if Labour were in Government, they would work with industry and business to find new, innovative ways of creating jobs.
Council of Trade Unions Secretary Peter Conway says it’s a national crisis and the Government needs to step in.
“These are not just numbers. They are people and families. They deserve support and the Government needs to give urgent attention to the jobs plight now,” he says.
FIRST Union general secretary Robert Reid says it’s a national disgrace that unemployment figures are so high but said ‘underemployment’ was also an issue.
“Every supermarket or department store that our union visits will have workers actively seeking more hours because their incomes, from working less than 40 hours a week, are not enough to live on,” says Mr Reid.
“National has sat on its hands for too long. It needs to urgently take ownership of the jobs crisis. Sitting back and hoping for the best is not acceptable,” he says.
Survey results are based on a sample of 15,000 households throughout the country.
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11/11/2012 10:34:31 a.m.
The Sheep wrote:
Don't get it, Unemployment is good for business, Its just a number to a prick like Key, I mean he was born to this job of dismissing humanity for the sake of his personal wealth and power, such is the motivation for cold fish Sociopaths.
11/11/2012 8:37:04 a.m.
The unemployment figures are skewed anyway!!! I have a Masters Degree in Information Systems, have faithfully worked for 33 years, but have not been able to secure a role in the last 2 1/2 years. Despite that, Work-and-Income don't want to know me because my wife has a job which earns $500 a week - so I am NOT counted as being unemployed!!!
Presumably, if I was single, I would be !?!
9/11/2012 12:48:33 p.m.
The man (John Key) makes me sick. He prioritizes money over people again and again. I accede that of course our country does need to make money to survive, but not at the expense of the population's majority (us lower, working and middle class folk) just to benefit Key and all his mates at the top. "Dismissed" does come up a lot in Key's comments, and as the PM of our country, how dare he think he can dismiss any one of us.
9/11/2012 8:47:35 a.m.
“New Zealand is a very small cork in a very big ocean,” he says. Um, so are Norway, Singapore etc and they have a lower unemployment rate than NZ....Ireland also has a much higher rate, so local factors actually do come into play, especially when job cuts such as at Solid Energy, Kordia, government departments, are under state control!
9/11/2012 8:03:16 a.m.
Anybody who thinks that any politician is going to do good is delusional. None of them are or have ever been honest. "Honest" governments are usually attacked by the good guys via war
9/11/2012 7:40:18 a.m.
Floral Paisley wrote:
Bearing in mind these are figures for registered job seekers, the persistent issue of double the unemployment amoung Maori and Pasifika is socially dangerous. The negative effect, psychologically, physically and spiritually on a family where mum and Nana cannot gain employment or appropriate employment for their education and ability is enormous and undermining of the very fabric of a family. What demeaning message does this send their young people? What degrading effect does it have on a community striving to raise itself up? This is what traps families in a downward spiral.
8/11/2012 9:16:29 p.m.
National's law allowing businesses to sack new employees after 90 days was another great idea hah? "Keys brighter future", should be a tui billboard.
8/11/2012 8:50:27 p.m.
Thom Hofmans wrote:
We as a family have had enough of John Key he has not shown any qualities to even go near his title of prime minister We are Praying for removal of this guy he is damaging nz to a point of no return could you give us 1 thing he has done to help nz
8/11/2012 7:31:14 p.m.
The man has lost touch - or he's lying!! This many unemployed is a big deal and it's serious. This is a ticking time bomb of mis-content. I am sure that the people who are now unemployed must feel fairly differently towards a man who dismisses their position out of hand. I wish them all the very best and hope that their position can be improved somehow.
8/11/2012 7:14:34 p.m.
@Keystone PM, didnt you know.. heys favorite place is denial.
I know nothing about Kim Dotcom.
There is no recording of my meeting at the GCSB (a spay agency that has survelence camera's in every single room of their headquaters that monitor and record 24/7").
Apparently John Key's government has created 57,000 jobs.. only probelm is that he created them in Australia... DOH.
Key might as well move his home to Egypt and live in De Nile.
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