Unemployment

Employment weakness to continue, economist says

Weakness in employment growth continued through the last quarter of 2011 and the outlook for New Zealand's labour market recovery remaining "gradual", ASB economist Jane Turner said.

No evidence of RWC hiring boom in jobless stats

No evidence of RWC hiring boom in jobless stats

New Zealand's unemployment rate unexpectedly rose in the third quarter, with little evidence the start of the Rugby World Cup drove an increase in casual workers to service the wave of tourists.

Unemployment rate flat at 6.6%

Unemployment stats just out show that the New Zealand jobless rate is flat at 6.6 percent, with just a 0.1 percent increase in the latest quarter.

It's time to apply some real solutions

Will we continue with approaches to social problems that fail or will we choose those that work? asks Laura Black.

Govt looking to tighten up dole rules

Govt looking to tighten up dole rules

Dole rules look set to get stricter with the Government signalling a crackdown on fraud and considering a shorter reapplication period for the benefit.

Employment figures suggest improvement

Employment figures suggest improvement

The labour market continues to steadily improve, judging from figures released yesterday. But an industry group is warning that cheap imports are costing local jobs.

Are older workers youth job threat?

BNZ economist Stephen Toplis says the state of New Zealand's labour market is causing him a considerable degree of angst. Business editor Dene Mackenzie investigates the concerns.

Canterbury spike bucks unemployment trend

Canterbury has bucked the national jobless figures trend, the region showing a spike in the number of people on the unemployment benefit while nationally numbers are down.

Back to work, report urges

Back to work, report urges

About 300,000 welfare beneficiaries who are judged to be capable of work will face a day of reckoning tomorrow when the Government receives a report that recommends they be forced to look for jobs.

Unemployment climbs to 6.8%

The unemployment rate rose to 6.8% in the December quarter from 6.4% in the three months to September, as the number of people in work fell and the number unemployed rose.

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