Unemployment results released this week were greeted with
justifications and cliches from the Government, explanations
and predictions from economists, and expected criticisms and
calls for action from Opposition parties and unions.
Government claims of a slow sustained recovery in the economy
will be put to the test in the next few months, as New
Zealand's unemployment rate edges up and a modest lift in
employment fails to materialise.
The Otago unemployment and employment figures continue to
fluctuate because of seasonal factors, but it does appear
some people in the region are struggling to find work and
have ruled themselves out of the count.