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450 jobs available.

JOBS ARE OUT THERE: Unemployment is down and there are plenty of jobs available, particularly in the forestry and horticulture industries in the Gisborne district. Gisborne Chamber of Commerce chief executive Terry Sheldrake says business confidence grew throughout 2018 and would continue this year. File picture

Estimates show more than 1000 people started new jobs in Gisborne last year and the Chamber of Commerce says more than 450 are still waiting to be filled.

Latest unemployment figures released by Statistics New Zealand showed that at the end of December the unemployment rate over the combined Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions fell to 5 percent — down from 5.6 percent at the same time the previous year.

Separate figures supplied by Stats NZ to The Gisborne Herald estimated the number of people employed in Gisborne rose by 1400 to 26,700 over the same period, while the Gisborne labour force rose by 100 to 27,300 (members of the working-age population, who during the survey reference week, were classified as ‘employed’ or ‘unemployed’).

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce chief executive Terry Sheldrake said he expected more jobs to open up this year.

“We are aware that there are over 450 jobs available in the region — especially in the forestry industry and across the horticultural sector.

“There are also higher qualified permanent positions available within several of our larger employers at this time.

“Business confidence has been growing throughout 2018 and I believe this trend will continue throughout 2019.

“Additional income into our region such as the Provincial Growth Fund will also stimulate more job opportunities,” said Mr Sheldrake.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in the December 2018 quarter — up from 4 percent (revised) last quarter.

Employment Minister Willie Jackson said that was the second lowest rate in nearly a decade.

“Since we came into office, the Household Labour Force Survey shows the number of people unemployed is down by 8000 and people employed are up by 75,000.

“Wages are up by 3.1 percent over the past year — all signs of solid underlying economic fundamentals,” said Mr Jackson.

“The results released are in keeping with our expectations for this quarter and we are confident that in this strong economy, if we continue to listen to employers and work with industry, many people looking for work will find more opportunities to do so.”

Estimates show more than 1000 people started new jobs in Gisborne last year and the Chamber of Commerce says more than 450 are still waiting to be filled.

Latest unemployment figures released by Statistics New Zealand showed that at the end of December the unemployment rate over the combined Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions fell to 5 percent — down from 5.6 percent at the same time the previous year.

Separate figures supplied by Stats NZ to The Gisborne Herald estimated the number of people employed in Gisborne rose by 1400 to 26,700 over the same period, while the Gisborne labour force rose by 100 to 27,300 (members of the working-age population, who during the survey reference week, were classified as ‘employed’ or ‘unemployed’).

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce chief executive Terry Sheldrake said he expected more jobs to open up this year.

“We are aware that there are over 450 jobs available in the region — especially in the forestry industry and across the horticultural sector.

“There are also higher qualified permanent positions available within several of our larger employers at this time.

“Business confidence has been growing throughout 2018 and I believe this trend will continue throughout 2019.

“Additional income into our region such as the Provincial Growth Fund will also stimulate more job opportunities,” said Mr Sheldrake.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in the December 2018 quarter — up from 4 percent (revised) last quarter.

Employment Minister Willie Jackson said that was the second lowest rate in nearly a decade.

“Since we came into office, the Household Labour Force Survey shows the number of people unemployed is down by 8000 and people employed are up by 75,000.

“Wages are up by 3.1 percent over the past year — all signs of solid underlying economic fundamentals,” said Mr Jackson.

“The results released are in keeping with our expectations for this quarter and we are confident that in this strong economy, if we continue to listen to employers and work with industry, many people looking for work will find more opportunities to do so.”

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