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.
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.
Unemployment benefit numbers dropped by almost 500 for the
month of April, the Government said today.
Prime Minister John Key is cautiously optimistic about the
latest Household Labour Force Survey figures which show the
largest fall in unemployment on record in the March quarter.
Seven redundant as Whitestone Contracting trims staff
Last week's unemployment numbers were not good news.
New Zealand's unemployment rate hit 7.3% in the quarter to
December, up from 6.5%, to touch its highest level for more
than 10 years - with young unemployed in the forefront of
Unemployment in Queenstown soared in the last six months of
2009 to levels not seen since 2003, but has been dropping
steadily in the past couple of weeks.
The Forsyth Barr Stadium loomed large in Dunedin's building
activity figures last year, with the project pushing up the
value of building consents for the year by $116 million.
All Anterea Matana and his wife Mina want for Christmas this
year are jobs.
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