Unemployment

Key backs plan to audit beneficiaries

Key backs plan to audit beneficiaries

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is right to audit the highest-paid beneficiaries, Prime Minister John Key says.

MPs' expenses take spotlight off beneficiaries

One sure thing that will come from the uproar over MPs expenses is that none of them are likely to criticise beneficiaries in the foreseeable future.

More than 55,000 on dole - Bennett

More than 55,000 on dole - Bennett

There were 55,272 people on the dole at the end of July, documents released today show.

WINZ spends extra $17.2m on staff

WINZ spends extra $17.2m on staff

Another 303 frontline staff will be hired by Work and Income to help people find jobs, the Government said today.

Unemployment to worsen - English

Unemployment to worsen - English

Unemployment is going to get worse before it gets better, Finance Minister Bill English said today after latest statistics showed it had risen to 6 percent.

Labour concerned about youth job scheme

Labour concerned about youth job scheme

A new scheme to get youth into jobs should include a guarantee no existing workers are made redundant, Labour says.

Youth need safety net - Labour, Greens

Youth need safety net - Labour, Greens

The Government is being called on to ensure youth can still get support if they fail to take up schemes to get into education, work or training.

Parties disagree over dole policy

Parties disagree over dole policy

Labour and National traded blows over lengthening dole queues today, with the Opposition accused of a policy backtrack and the Government attacked for not doing enough to help.

Govt spending slashing unemployment: English

Unemployment would have peaked at well over 7% without the Government's multibillion investment in big construction projects, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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