Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, August 1st, 2018 - 59 comments
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From the you have to be freaking kidding file.
Simon Bridges office just sent out this tweet:
Its started. Unemployment is up. Is anyone seriously going to debate that this isn't because of the Ardern Peters Govt's policies? Its time they acknowledge their responsibility and make serious changes for NZers' sake.
— Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) July 31, 2018
The actual background does not seem to be that dire. From Statistics NZ:
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 4.4 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today.
“The slight rise in the unemployment rate follows five consecutive falls, from 5.3 percent in the December 2016 quarter to last quarter’s 4.4 percent,” labour market and household statistics senior manager Jason Attewell said. “It remains close to the nine-year low seen last quarter.”
And the employment rate stayed where it was at historically high levels.
In the June 2018 quarter, the employment rate was 67.7 percent. This has remained unchanged for three consecutive quarters, and is the second-highest employment rate since the series began in 1986. The highest was in the September 2017 quarter, when it was 67.8 percent.
The employment rate for men was 72.8 percent. The employment rate for women was 62.8 percent, the highest ever for women.
The employment rate for Māori was 64.6 percent (unadjusted), up from 60.3 percent last year. This was their highest employment rate on record.
Bottom lines, no change in percentage of people in employment, highest ever employment rates for women and Maori and a minuscule increase in the unemployment rate.
Simon Bridges really needs to learn to stop barking at every car that drives past.