Thursday, February 09, 2012

Maori unemployment up...

Latest Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) shows a slight decline in unemployment for the last quarter of 2011, from 6.6% to 6.3%.

Numbers actually in employment, however, are flatling: 63.9%

There's been a decline in full-time employment, a drop in hours, and  a rise in 15–24 year olds not in employment, education, or training (who get their own acronym: NEET) which increased 0.7 percentage points, to 13.1 percent. (Young guns, 15–19-years, saw a larger increase than old hands, 20–24-years of age, up 1.3 and 0.1 percentage points, respectively). 

But the figures for Maori are worsening: 13.4%, up from 13.1% for the Sept Q, 2011, and NZ Herald reports the countries annual jobs growth as 'broadly positive'. 

Maori poverty remains hidden.    : (

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