Unemployment up slightly

The number of people in work in Gisborne has fallen by about 300 but firms here are still hunting for the right staff.

Latest official figures for Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay combined at the end of September are an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent at the same time last year.

However, estimates supplied to The Gisborne Herald by Stats NZ show that when considered separately, Gisborne’s unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, up slightly from 4.7 percent a year ago. Taken separately, Hawke’s Bay’s unemployment rate was the higher of the two, at 5.3 percent.

These separated figures, which Stats NZ said should be treated as indicative, show the number of unemployed people here remained unchanged at 1200, while the number of people employed fell by 300 to 24,600.

The region’s labour participation rate also fell by about 1 percent to 71.5 percent.

The latest Chambers of Commerce Business Confidence Survey also shows a lift in confidence for Gisborne businesses.

Over 800 firms were surveyed across the Northern Chamber Hub, including Gisborne, with 47 percent of firms in the process of recruiting staff.

However, over 50 percent of firms recruiting said they were having difficulty finding the right people, with the right skills.

The number of people in work in Gisborne has fallen by about 300 but firms here are still hunting for the right staff.

Latest official figures for Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay combined at the end of September are an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent at the same time last year.

However, estimates supplied to The Gisborne Herald by Stats NZ show that when considered separately, Gisborne’s unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, up slightly from 4.7 percent a year ago. Taken separately, Hawke’s Bay’s unemployment rate was the higher of the two, at 5.3 percent.

These separated figures, which Stats NZ said should be treated as indicative, show the number of unemployed people here remained unchanged at 1200, while the number of people employed fell by 300 to 24,600.

The region’s labour participation rate also fell by about 1 percent to 71.5 percent.

The latest Chambers of Commerce Business Confidence Survey also shows a lift in confidence for Gisborne businesses.

Over 800 firms were surveyed across the Northern Chamber Hub, including Gisborne, with 47 percent of firms in the process of recruiting staff.

However, over 50 percent of firms recruiting said they were having difficulty finding the right people, with the right skills.

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