Unemployment Figures Suggest a Jobless Recovery

Published: Thu 4 Aug 2011 11:31 AM
CTU Media Release
4 August 2011
Unemployment Figures Suggest a Jobless Recovery
Today’s unemployment figures showing 154,000 people or 6.5 percent of people out of work raise a major concern that we are seeing a jobless recovery.
Peter Conway, CTU Secretary said that “much has been made of a 1.3 percent lift in GDP in the six months until March 2011, but we are not seeing unemployment fall off the back of such tentative growth as we emerge from the recession”.
In fact the rate of increase in employment has drastically slowed in the June quarter to only 1000 jobs.
The level of 154,000 people out of work compares with 90,000 unemployed in June 2008.
We are also seeing now the impact on unemployment in Canterbury due to the earthquakes.
The jobless number which includes those discouraged from looking for work is over a quarter of a million people at 251,000. There are also 111,500 part timers seeking additional hours of work to make ends meet.
Youth unemployment remains very high at 27.6 percent, Maori unemployment is 13.7 per cent and Pacific people have an unemployment rate of 13.1 percent.
Peter Conway, CTU Secretary, says that “unemployment needs to be a higher priority for this Government”.
The Government should expand the skills investment subsidy and ‘straight to work’ payments to encourage employers to take on workers, establish more schemes like Enhanced Task Force Green, back New Zealand jobs in government procurement, and stop cuts to public service jobs.
“And there is a clear need for targeted initiatives to those in the labour force in groups that have the highest rates of unemployment”.
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Te Kauae Kaimahi
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
Contact NZCTU
Physical Address:
Level 7, West Block, Education House, 178 Willis St, Wellington.
Media Contact:
Postal Address:
PO Box 6645, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.

Next in New Zealand politics

Expert Group Appointed To Lead New Zealand’s Future Health System
By: New Zealand Government
Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
By: Green Party
Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
By: New Zealand Government
Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
By: New Zealand Government
Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
By: New Zealand Government
Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Bay Of Plenty District Health Board Chair Sharon Shea Appointed Co-Chair Of The Māori Health Authority
By: Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Senior Doctors Call For Strong Clinical Voice To Lead Health Reforms
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
NZMA Welcomes Health System Board Appointments
Improving The Safety And Capability Of Frontline Police
By: New Zealand Police
Increasing Dangers Of Current Policing Recognised - Police Association
By: NZ Police Association
Govt Finally Sees Sense On Armed Response Teams
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media