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Long-term unemployed triples under National

David
Cunliffe

Labour Leader
7 May 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Long-term unemployed triples under National

New figures released today show the number of people who have been unemployed for more than a year has more than tripled since the National-led Government came to office, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows those unemployed for more than a year has risen from 4,800 in December 2008 to 18,000 in the latest quarter.

“Unemployment remains at 6 per cent. Where is the fairness in an economy that is failing so many New Zealanders?

“The total number of unemployed in Christchurch is unchanged at 12,200. This follows John Key’s announcement yesterday that the Government would pay for 3000 beneficiaries to move to Christchurch.

“These figures show thousands of Cantabrians desperately need work. Cantabrians must be given jobs before beneficiaries are shipped in from around the country.

“Wage growth is slowing, showing hard-working Kiwis are not getting ahead.

“Wages are barely keeping pace with inflation, making it hard for families to keep up with the rising costs of living.

“It is clear the benefits of the recovery are going to the top few percent, not the 100 per cent of Kiwis that would get their share under a Labour government.

“Under a government that I lead, every Kiwi will get their fair share,” David Cunliffe says.

Attached: HLFS statistics for those unemployed for more than a year


Unemployed by Sex by Duration of Unemployment (Qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)
Total Both Sexes
53 Weeks and Over
2006Q17200
2006Q25200
2006Q35500
2006Q44000
2007Q14000
2007Q25700
2007Q34200
2007Q43200
2008Q13100
2008Q22400
2008Q34800
2008Q44800
2009Q14500
2009Q27200
2009Q39500
2009Q410200
2010Q111100
2010Q213200
2010Q310300
2010Q415000
2011Q112800
2011Q214000
2011Q310900
2011Q412700
2012Q119100
2012Q218500
2012Q321100
2012Q419800
2013Q115900
2013Q214800
2013Q317200
2013Q415700
2014Q118000
increase 375%

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