So the economic data is out and unemployment is up and wages are flat – the lowest rate of wage increase since 2010 (1.7%). 45% of employees didn’t get a pay rise, and the gender pay gap is now up to 13.24%.
Pacific unemployment increased to 16.3% – and the reason the stats overall aren’t worse is the big increase in employment in Canterbury, as the government relies on an earthquake-led recovery.
The number of unemployed is still up 46% since National took office. That’s 48,000 Kiwis who would rather be working.
Still waiting for that Brighter FutureTM.