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Maori employment steadily increasing

Hon Parekura Horomia
Minister for Maori Affairs

13 February 2008 / Media Statement

Maori employment steadily increasing


Maori employment rates and participation in the workforce have both been steadily increasing since the Labour-led government took power, said Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia today.

“The National Party has wrongly said that Maori unemployment for the December 2007 quarter was 8 per cent. In fact the figures from the Household Labour Force Survey show that Maori unemployment for the December 2007 quarter was 7.3% - a 0.1% rise on the December 2006 quarter.

“While there may be some quarterly variations, annually Maori unemployment has been trending downwards since 1999.”

In the year to December 1987, the Maori unemployment rate was 10.4%.
By contrast in the year to December 1999, under a National government, the Maori unemployment rate had risen to a massive 16.6%. Now, under successive Labour-led governments, the Maori unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7% for the year to December 2007.


“In 1987 there were 131,900 Maori employed with a labour force participation rate of 64.9 per cent. By 1999, under a National government, Maori labour force participation rates had dropped to 62.4 per cent. Now, under Labour-led policies and programmes, there are 206,000 Maori in jobs, with a labour force participation rate of 68.0 per cent.”

"It's a shame Mrs te Heuheu either isn't up with the facts or won't acknowledge the progress Mâori are making," Mr Horomia said.

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/ 1987 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007
European/Pakeha / 1370.3 / 1464.8 / 1468.8 / 1491.5 / 1506.7 / 1532.1 / 1587.4 / 1609.3 / 1613.9 / 1622.7
NZ Maori / 131.9 / 144.1 / 161.1 / 166.3 / 182.5 / 186.8 / 180.3 / 186.5 / 197.9 / 206.0
Pacific Peoples / 48.5 / 72.0 / 74.4 / 77.6 / 88.0 / 86.6 / 89.2 / 88.1 / 93.5 / 92.5
Other / 67.3 / 96.1 / 100.4 / 117.1 / 129.4 / 143.3 / 158.1 / 188.0 / 210.9 / 230.6
Total / 1629.1 / 1778.3 / 1808.4 / 1854.3 / 1908.0 / 1951.2 / 2017.1 / 2072.9 / 2117.2 / 2155.8
All ethnic data has been sourced from the Household Labour Force Survey released by Statistics New Zealand. These data are not seasonally adjusted and so all figures are averaged over a year to reduce seasonal variation and sample error.

Employment by Ethnicity, Years to December (000s)


Participation Rates by Ethnicity, Years to December
/ 1987 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007
European/Pakeha / 66.3% / 66.8% / 66.8% / 67.7% / 68.3% / 68.1% / 68.8% / 69.5% / 69.7% / 69.5%
NZ Maori / 64.9% / 62.4% / 64.0% / 63.8% / 66.2% / 65.7% / 64.6% / 66.8% / 67.0% / 68.0%
Pacific Peoples / 70.2% / 60.6% / 61.3% / 60.8% / 62.4% / 61.7% / 61.7% / 62.2% / 62.3% / 64.1%
Other / 70.2% / 55.9% / 55.3% / 56.0% / 55.9% / 55.7% / 58.2% / 59.5% / 63.8% / 65.0%
Total / 66.5% / 65.4% / 65.5% / 66.0% / 66.7% / 66.4% / 67.0% / 67.8% / 68.4% / 68.6%


Unemployment Rates by Ethnicity, Years to December
/ 1987 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007
European/Pakeha / 3.4% / 5.1% / 4.5% / 3.9% / 3.8% / 3.5% / 2.8% / 2.6% / 2.7% / 2.6%
NZ Maori / 10.4% / 16.6% / 13.6% / 12.3% / 11.3% / 10.2% / 8.9% / 8.6% / 7.9% / 7.7%
Pacific Peoples / 7.0% / 13.6% / 11.4% / 9.6% / 9.2% / 7.7% / 7.4% / 6.2% / 6.4% / 6.5%
Other / 4.2% / 10.6% / 9.7% / 8.7% / 8.7% / 7.2% / 6.6% / 6.4% / 6.3% / 5.6%
Total / 4.1% / 6.8% / 6.0% / 5.3% / 5.2% / 4.7% / 3.9% / 3.7% / 3.8% / 3.6%


/ 1987 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007
European/Pakeha / 47.6 / 78.0 / 68.5 / 60.8 / 59.0 / 55.2 / 45.9 / 43.1 / 45.2 / 42.5
NZ Maori / 15.3 / 28.5 / 25.4 / 23.3 / 23.2 / 21.2 / 17.5 / 17.5 / 17.0 / 17.3
Pacific Peoples / 3.7 / 11.3 / 9.6 / 8.2 / 8.9 / 7.3 / 7.1 / 5.8 / 6.4 / 6.4
Other / 2.9 / 11.4 / 10.7 / 11.1 / 12.3 / 11.2 / 11.3 / 12.9 / 14.0 / 13.5
Total / 70.0 / 129.2 / 114.6 / 103.5 / 103.6 / 95.0 / 82.0 / 79.3 / 82.6 / 79.9
Unemployment by Ethnicity, Years to December (000s)


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