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. : (