Unemployment

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.

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.

Low-skilled unemployed most at risk

Southern social agencies can expect strong and consistent demand as the recession's enduring hangover focuses on the low-skilled unemployed, Methodist Mission chief executive Laura Black says.

Modest fall in unemployment benefit numbers: Govt

Modest fall in unemployment benefit numbers: Govt

Unemployment benefit numbers dropped by almost 500 for the month of April, the Government said today.

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