November 08, 2018
Regional push boosting job numbers
Unemployment is the lowest it has been in a decade.
The latest household labour force survey says it’s just 3.9 percent, with the employment rate a record 68.3 percent.
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the Māori unemployment rate has dropped since the last survey from 9.9 to 8.5 percent.
He wants to see those rates drop further, which is why there will be an ongoing focus on rangatahi who are not earning or learning.
The number of 15 to 24 year olds not in employment, work or training is 10.1 percent, compared with 11.3 percent a year ago.
Mr Jackson says the coalition Government’s commitment and investment in regional New Zealand is having a major impact on employment, particularly in the Waikato, Otago and Gisborne/Hawkes Bay as well as Taranaki, where 4,300 more people are now in employment.
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