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

 


Youth Unemployment Rockets Upward


Youth Unemployment Rockets Upward

It is frightening that unemployment among young adults has soared by over thirty percent in just twelve months, ACT Social Welfare and Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"Adults between 20 and 29 are just starting their working lives - they are the people that New Zealand will depend upon over the next few decades. Yet it is clear from today's unemployment figures that this group has received a clear message from the Labour Government that long-term dependence on welfare is acceptable.

"It is no surprise that the rise in unemployment comes during a period of underlying economic growth. The Government has axed sanctions for work testing for some unemployed, and increased incentives to remain on benefits.

"So despite the fact that the number one concern of firms in New Zealand is finding staff, we have the absurdity of an increase in unemployment.

"Of particular concern is the jump in the number of Maori and Pacific Island people out of work. The number of Maori unemployed has increased 8.4 percent over the last year, while the number of Pacific Island people unemployed has jumped by a massive 24.3 percent.

"This indicates that New Zealand is increasingly unable to deal with entrenched levels of unemployment, despite favourable economic conditions.

"Today's figures should have been much better, given the economic climate and the Government must now seriously re-think its soft-on-welfare policies, which are contributing to unacceptable unemployment statistics, particularly for young, Maori and Pacific Island job seekers.

"Minister Steve Maharey has clearly been caught by surprise by these figures - His sudden enthusiasm for the `registered employment figures' which he has long-derided as unreliable and irrelevant is a rather sad and embarrassing attempt to divert attention from his own Government's failures," Dr Muriel Newman 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news