Gisborne unemployment highest in NZ

GISBORNE'S unemployment rate of 6.9 percent is the highest in the country, while New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, the lowest it has been since December 2008 quarter.

The latest figures were released in the Household Labour Force Survey for the three months ended December 2017.

It shows that 1900 people are unemployed out of a labour force in Gisborne of 27,200 people.

But this figure is lower compared to the same time last year, when it was 7.9 percent.

Gisborne unemployment figures fluctuate largely to the amount of seasonal work available. The June 2017 quarter showed only 4.4 percent unemployment, which had halved from the 8.8 percent for the March 2017 quarter.

Unemployment peaked for Gisborne in March 2016, when it climbed to 10.9 percent, or 3300 people without work.

The second highest unemployment rate in New Zealand for the December 2017 quarter was Taranaki at 6.4 percent.

Nationally the unemployment rate for Maori fell to 9 percent, compared with 11.9 percent a year ago. This was the lowest Maori unemployment rate since the December 2008 quarter, but unemployment for Maori is still double the national rate.

Labour market and household statistics senior manager Jason Attewell said the proportion of young Maori not earning or learning was at the lowest level in 10 years.

“Five in every six Maori rangatahi aged 15–24 years are in some form of education, training, or work.”

The next labour market statistics for the quarter ended March 2018 will be released on May 2, 2018.

GISBORNE'S unemployment rate of 6.9 percent is the highest in the country, while New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, the lowest it has been since December 2008 quarter.

The latest figures were released in the Household Labour Force Survey for the three months ended December 2017.

It shows that 1900 people are unemployed out of a labour force in Gisborne of 27,200 people.

But this figure is lower compared to the same time last year, when it was 7.9 percent.

Gisborne unemployment figures fluctuate largely to the amount of seasonal work available. The June 2017 quarter showed only 4.4 percent unemployment, which had halved from the 8.8 percent for the March 2017 quarter.

Unemployment peaked for Gisborne in March 2016, when it climbed to 10.9 percent, or 3300 people without work.

The second highest unemployment rate in New Zealand for the December 2017 quarter was Taranaki at 6.4 percent.

Nationally the unemployment rate for Maori fell to 9 percent, compared with 11.9 percent a year ago. This was the lowest Maori unemployment rate since the December 2008 quarter, but unemployment for Maori is still double the national rate.

Labour market and household statistics senior manager Jason Attewell said the proportion of young Maori not earning or learning was at the lowest level in 10 years.

“Five in every six Maori rangatahi aged 15–24 years are in some form of education, training, or work.”

The next labour market statistics for the quarter ended March 2018 will be released on May 2, 2018.

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