Unemployment rate

Jobless rate may climb up to 7%

New Zealand's unemployment rate is forecast to push back up to around 7% within the next six months as job advertisements carried in newspapers and online sites fall.

The ANZ Job Ads series, which combines newspaper and online job advertisements, fell 1.7% in May, more than undoing the gains of the past two months.

Unemployment spikes to 13-year high

Unemployment spikes to 13-year high

New Zealand's unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to a 13-year high as the pool of jobs shrank for a second straight quarter with a flat labour market in Auckland and fewer full-time workers.

NZ unemployment rate rises

NZ unemployment rate rises

New Zealand's unemployment rate expectedly rose in the second quarter as the pool of jobs shrank for the first time since December 2010.

Unemployment rate drops to 6.3%

Unemployment rate drops to 6.3%

There were 7000 fewer people unemployed in the December 2011 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Claim youth rates not way to cut unemployment

Claim youth rates not way to cut unemployment

Despite at least one in three young Otago people being jobless, the Dunedin Methodist Mission does not believe reintroducing youth rates is the answer.

Slight fall in unemployment

Slight fall in unemployment

A rise in the number of part-time employees in the March quarter has underpinned a slight fall in unemployment from 6.7% to 6.6%, with the total now unemployed falling by 2000 to 155,000.

Unemployment rate edges down

The unemployment rate edged down to 6.6 percent in the March quarter, from 6.7 percent, as seasonally adjusted total employment rose by 30,000 or 1.4 percent.

Drop in unemployment expected; slight increase in wages

Unemployment figures are expected to have fallen in the three months ended March following figures released yesterday showing encouraging signs in employment demand.

Employment rises 1% to a cautious welcome

Employment rises 1% to a cautious welcome

A surprise fall in New Zealand's unemployment rate from 6.9% to 6.4% has been welcomed by analysts, but the positive result has been overshadowed by the survey's volatility during the past year.

Critics vent anger over unemployment rise

Critics vent anger over unemployment rise

Surging unemployment has given Government critics a chance to vent their anger at employment policies they say are failing out-of-work New Zealanders and are damaging the economy.

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