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Bill English: Grasping At Straws On Employment

Spokesperson for Finance

8 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Bill English: Grasping At Straws On Employment

Bill English is struggling under the pressure of his creaking economy that has the highest number of people out of work in 20 years, and wrongly claims the highest number of Kiwis ever are in work, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.

“Bill English is struggling with the pressure of his stagnating economy. The facts are terrible. The highest unemployment rate since Jenny Shipley. The highest number of unemployed in 20 years. The Number of Kiwis in work down by 12,000 since March.

“But Bill English is ignoring the facts and today claimed there are ‘more New Zealanders in work than it has ever had’.

“That’s simply wrong. The number of Kiwis in work has dropped by 12,000 since March. He’s so desperate for good news he’s grasping at straws.

“Employment is down in both the Household Labour Force Survey and the Quarterly Employment Survey. There’s nowhere to find good news.

“Bill English is grasping for a good statistic. Sadly there isn’t one to be found due to his failing economic management.”


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