Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Dropping Registered Unemployed Welcome

4 April 2001

Dropping Registered Unemployed Welcome – But More Work To Do Says Maharey

A fall of 24,048 registered unemployed since the election is welcome, but the Government remains committed to actively helping more beneficiaries off welfare and into real paying jobs, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today.

Mr Maharey was releasing responses to opposition Parliamentary questions detailing the number job seekers registered with the Department of Work and Income (DWI). The information shows that total number of persons registered unemployed with DWI fell from 233,411 in November 1999 to 209,636 at the end of February 2001. Mr Maharey said the results were a good start.

"Job seeker statistics need to be read with caution as they include people who are legitimately not included in the only offical and internationally comparable measure of unemployment – Statistics New Zealand's Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) which shows unemployment at its lowest since 1988.

"DWI stable employment outcomes and placements have also improved since the Government has been in office.

"Many people on the job seeker register are already in part-time, casual, or temporary work and are declaring income.

"The job seeker register is an administrative database to provide assistance to those poeple looking for more work. It is subject to policy and administrative changes. Investigations last year have shown that register numbers have been boasted because of the requirement that a wider range of people receiving income support register as job seekers, an increase in the number of people registering voluntarily, and administrative changes to the lapsing procedure.

"Nevertheless, it is pleasing to see that numbers on the register dropping. However the statistics also show that Maori and Pacific peoples are not moving off the register into employment as quickly as others, and there a degree of regional variation.

"The Government's focus is on supporting people off welfare and into real jobs earning a real wage. The abolition of the work-for-the-dole scheme from this week was a key step in refocussing DWI on this primary objective. From 1 July new Job Seeker Agreements will further emphasise the importance of upskilling for a return to work and the consequences of not meeting these obligations.

"Plainly we need to do more to ensure that unemployed New Zealanders get the support they need to get into work. We also need to focus particular attention on those who have been out of work for longer periods so that they and their families also get the benefits of our growing economy," Steve Maharey said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news