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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.

  1. Red
    8 September 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Outstanding, Frank. As usual you manage to connect the dots and paint a picture whats really happening. I voted National last time, please don’t blame me, but will be voting Labour this time.

    • 10 September 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks, Red. And no, we won’t blame you – this time. *winks & smiles*

  2. Deborah Kean
    9 September 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I love the way she preens herself over a minuscule drop – thanks for pointing out that it’s not real!

    • 10 September 2011 at 6:48 pm

      I suspect, Debbie, that once the RWC is over, we’ll see any “gains” made in employment drop back down again. Like the Electoral Commission jobs – for the aborted national census – that were lost.

      It’ll take much more than what this government has done, to create jobs.

      Hopeless, simply hopeless.

  1. 16 September 2011 at 2:40 pm

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