Unemployment

Unemployment at 6.5% highest in nine years

Unemployment at 6.5% highest in nine years

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.

Benificiaries increasing but signs positive - Bennett

Benificiaries increasing but signs positive - Bennett

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.

Bennett happy with youth job scheme

Bennett happy with youth job scheme

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.

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.

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