Roy Morgan survey reports on total real unemployment and underemployment in New Zealand:
In total 19.8% of the workforce (519,000, up 69,000) New Zealanders were either unemployed or under-employed.
Simon Bridges’ policies to create precarious employment seem to be working. Roy Morgan comments:
New Zealand under-employment – those working part-time but looking for more work – has jumped to a record high 11.3% (up 2.7%). Total New Zealand unemployment and under-employment is also significantly higher than when Prime Minister John Key won the 2011 Election (19.0%). Key clearly needs to reduce unemployment and under-employment during 2014 to have a strong chance of winning re-election to a third term in November.
The “rocket economy” space-ship is leaving way too many people behind. Time for a change.