August 08, 2013
Weak thinking brings weak job data
Labour’s Māori spokesperson Shane Jones says the latest job figures shows the Government doesn’t know how to make the economy work and it doesn’t care.
The headline unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, up point 2 of a percent, and Mr Jones says among young Māori men in parts of provincial New Zealand it is likely to be double or triple that figure.
He says even areas without a high Māori population such as Otago are suffering as the Government withdraws investment and sacks staff.
"So you’re going to have a whole region parched, for what? So we’re all expected to applaud and join the chorus of congratulatory remarks for Steven Joyce and the casino? There’s something seriously weak at the core of the Government’s thinking and number one it’s ‘leave it to the market, we the Government don’t have a responsibility to create jobs.’ I can’t wait to see the rear end of John Key and his crowd and they can take their spying and they can take their food poisoning and everything with them," Mr Jones says.
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