August 04, 2020
PGF job numbers fuel for campaign tussle
Regional Economic Growth Minister Shane Jones is shrugging off attacks on his record for job creation through the Provincial Growth Fund.
A stocktake by officials which was then reviewed by the independent New Zealand Institute of Economic Research identified more than 13,000 jobs.
National’s Michael Woodhouse says that wasn’t broken down into full time, part time or temporary jobs.
Mr Jones calls that political cattiness.
"In parliament the National Party shrews attack the fund yet out in the provinces they are encouraging people to apply but more importantly they consistently show up to the announcement so it's just the usual political double dealing," he says.
Shane Jones says as well as the 13,000 people whose lives have already been touched by working on PGF projects, more than 11,000 people have enrolled in the PGF-funded skills and employment programmes.
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