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

 


Strong growth in full-time employment continues

12 May 2005

Strong growth in full-time employment continues

New Zealand has recorded its highest ever level of employment with 2,055,000 New Zealanders now employed, according to the March Household Labour Force Survey.

Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey welcomed the news as further evidence of New Zealand's economic and social strength under the Labour-led government.

"While the unemployment rate has risen slightly to 3.9 per cent, the labour market remains historically strong with the 3rd lowest unemployment rate recorded by the survey, the highest level of employment ever and full-time employment continuing on a very strong growth path," Steve Maharey said.

Steve Maharey said the increase in the unemployment rate was driven by a drop in the number of people in part-time employment, however, the unemployment rate in all regions remains below 5 per cent.

"The survey also records the highest ever level of female participation in the labour force at 60.8 percent.

"The results confirms that we're in an unprecedented period of sustained low unemployment, record labour force participation and record employment," Steve Maharey said.

The strong HLFS result follows Work and Income figures released last month that show the numbers of New Zealanders receiving the Unemployment Benefit fell by 27 per cent in the year to March 2005.

"More people are finding jobs, and more people are moving off benefits," Steve Maharey said.

"We will continue our efforts to help even more New Zealanders into work and to address growing skills and labour shortages. With employers still calling out for workers, there's no reason we can't help even more people off benefits and into jobs."

New Zealand's unemployment rate is around half the OECD average. At 3.8 per cent, South Korea is the only other OECD country with unemployment below 4 per cent.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news