May 01, 2019
More Māori in jobs and nefs off couch
Māori unemployment dropped one percentage point in the first quarter to 8.6 percent, meaning an increase of 5,100 moreMāori in paid work.
The overall unemployment rate fell from 4.3 percent in the December quarter to 4.2 percent in the three months to March 31.
Statistics New Zealand says wages grew 3.4 per cent over the year to March 31.
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the fall in unemployment is its second lowest level in 10 years shows the Government is maintaining a strong economy with policies that support workers and business.
He says the improvement in the Māori figure represents real people, real whānau and real communities who are seeing a difference in their lives.
The Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) rate fell to 13.2 per cent from 14 per cent in the December quarter, showing the Government’s delivery of programmes such as Mana in Mahi, He Poutama Rangatahi, Pae Aronui and first year’s fees free tertiary education are vital to the long-term success of young people.
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