The severe toll the
recent recession took on New Zealand's labour market was
confirmed yesterday when figures released showed that the
country's unemployment level reached 6.5% in September.
While the number of people on benefits is rising, there are
some positive signs that government efforts to blunt the pain
are working, says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
The Government's offer to subsidise youth wages has resulted
in 55 jobs being taken up and 79 more about to be filled,
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said today.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is right to audit
the highest-paid beneficiaries, Prime Minister John Key says.
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.
There were 55,272 people on the dole at the end of July,
documents released today show.
Another 303 frontline staff will be hired by Work and Income
to help people find jobs, the Government said today.
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.
A new scheme to get youth into jobs should include a
guarantee no existing workers are made redundant, Labour
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.
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