Key and English failing on jobs
09 November 2012
Key and English failing on jobs
Prime Minister and his Finance Minister are failing to Kiwis
on the most basic and important economic level – jobs,
says David Shearer.
unemployment data should have sent shock-waves through the
Government. At 7.3% unemployment is at a 13-year high –
up 0.5%, representing 13,000 more people unemployed, in just
“There number of jobless people in
this country is now almost 300,000. One in four of our
young people aged 15-19 are unemployed. Maori and Pasifika
unemployment has topped 15%. It’s a disgrace.
“But the response of John Key and Bill English was
little more than a shrug of the shoulders and a few muttered
“It’s just not good enough for John Key
to state he is surprised at the latest Household Labour
Force Survey and say “goodness knows what the next one
will look like.” How could he be surprised – hasn’t
he noticed the almost daily roll-call of job cuts and
“It is disappointing to hear the
Finance Minister try to downplay the seriousness of the
situation by saying “these numbers don’t fit with some
of the other indicators,” and “these sort of numbers
“Who do they think they are kidding?
Unemployment is not some inconvenient number to be swept
away under the carpet and ignored.
people’s lives we are talking about. When jobs go,
families suffer. There should be no greater priority for
the Government then addressing unemployment.
“Perhaps John Key should start getting serious about
jobs, rather than spending his time making bad jokes about
footballers and red shirts. In September he described the
HLFS as “the most rigorous form of measuring employment in
“Well, that same survey is telling
him today that his Government is failing Kiwis when it comes
to jobs,” says David Shearer.
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