Unemployment hits Maori and Pasifika hardest
8 November 2012
Unemployment hits Maori and
attempt to create jobs is hitting Maori and Pasifika the
hardest, with unemployment rates above 15 per cent, says
Labour’s Employment spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Unemployment at an alarming 7.3 per cent is worrying
enough. But the news is even worse for Maori and Pasifika.
“The unemployment rate for Pasifika people is
15.6 per cent with Māori unemployment at 15.1 per cent. The
Government has failed to make any attempt to address Māori
and Pasifika unemployment and is leaving them to fend for
“In today’s tough times, there is
no challenge more urgent than addressing the lack of decent
job opportunities and ensuring New Zealanders get the skills
they need to participate more fully in the workforce.
“John Key is taking us down a path of fewer jobs,
lower wages and our young people are looking for better
opportunities in Australia. Since National has been in
office the number of people unemployed has increased by
70,000 and is clearly the biggest example of the Government
failing to do anything to create jobs.
has always been committed to ensuring that every New
Zealander has the same opportunity to get ahead, and our
economic policies will create these opportunities for
We are committed to working with industry and
business to find new, innovative ways of creating jobs.
“The John Key Government has failed New Zealanders on
his promise to create more jobs and opportunities,” said
Su’a William Sio.
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