National’s Grand Victory in Employment?!
The number of people on the unemployment benefit has dropped – but more people are claiming welfare.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the figures dropped last month by 1145 to 55,974, the lowest it had been since July 2009.
But, because of a rise in those claiming the DPB and sickness benefits, total beneficiaries were up from 327,990 to 328,355.
In July the overall number rose by 0.1 per cent and an extra 855 people began claiming the unemployment benefit, mostly because of a drop off in seasonal work.
Bennett said more young people were finding work. “Unemployment benefit numbers dropped last month by with half of the decrease due to more young people going into work.”
Last month 7238 claimants found a job. There were a number of short-term Electoral Commission jobs currently among 15,000 jobs with Work and Income, she said.
+++ Reality Check +++
The number of people recieving the unemployment benefit does not reflect the true numbers of unemployed. The actual numbers are determined by the Household Labour Force Survey.
This is because not everyone who is unemployed registers with WINZ. For example married/de facto couples where one is working and the other has lost his/her job, cannot claim for the Unemployment Benefit.
Currently the HLFS figures for unemployed are:
For the March 2011 quarter: 155,000 (6.6%)
In the June 2011 quarter: 154,000 (6.5%)
And youth unemployment remains unacceptably high, at over 19%.
The government has a long way to go before they can announce victory over unemployment.
Worse still, with the government cutting back on youth training to the tune of $146 million, I think we can start to see where our economy is headed: low wage; “McJobs”; and easy investment, as Bill English suggested, not to long ago;
And to achieve those low wages, government has implemented the appropriate cuts;
Which means that, as government investment in education, training, science, and research is cut back, we get this;
But not to worry, fellow New Zealanders. The government is onto it.
16 and 17 year olds will be given a Purchase Card so they cannot buy booze and ciggies.
What’s that? It’s already illegal to sell 16 and 17 year olds alcohol and tobacco products??
Never mind – bene-bashers love it.
For a better New Zealand…
~ Cleaner rivers
~ No deep-sea oil drilling
~ Less on Roads - more on Rail
~ A Living wage at $18.40/hr
~ Marriage equality - Yay! Got that one!
~ Strong, effective Unions
~ No secret free-trade deals
~ Breakfast/lunches in our schools
~ Introducing Civics into our school curriculum
~ Cut back on the liquor industry
~ A fairer, progressive tax system
~ Fully funded, free healthcare
~ Ditto for education, including Tertiary
~ Fund Pharmac for Pompe's Disease medication & other 'orphan' drugs
~ No state asset sales!
~ Rebuild public TV broadcasting!
~ Keeping farms in local ownership
~ Reduce poverty, like we reduced the toll for road-fatalities
~ Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
~ Being nice to each other
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