Stats highlight growing bigotry | The Jackal

3 May 2012

Stats highlight growing bigotry

Today, the NZ Herald reported:

The number of people employed in construction fell to 174,600 from 178,800, while education and training fell to 192,900 from 199,300.

Youth aged 15 to 24 not in employment, education or training (NEET) rose to 13.6 per cent in the quarter from 13.1 per cent in the December quarter.

Auckland unemployment climbed to 7.9 per cent from 6.7 per cent in the prior quarter, with an increase in the participation rate to 69.1 per cent from 68.7 per cent. The Manawatu-Wanganui region posted the highest unemployment rate at 8.9 per cent, while Southland joblessness was the lowest at 4.4 per cent.

The rate of unemployed Pacific people rose to a record-high 16 per cent from 13.8 per cent in December, while Maori unemployment rose to 13.9 per cent from 13.4 per cent.

The ironic thing is that National's main pledges were to reduce debt and create jobs. Unfortunately for New Zealand, they're doing the opposite... creating more welfare dependent people and dramatically increasing government debt, which has grown by more than 200% since National took power in 2008.

Steven Joyce claimed in the House of Representatives today that employment has grown by 9000... but Statistics NZ's latest Household Labour Force Survey report (PDF) shows that employment grew because of an increase in part-time employment, while full-time employment actually decreased by 3,000 over the latest quarter.

Those who are in part-time employment in most cases need welfare support of some kind, because part-time work simply doesn't pay the bills.

The other main statistical change is that unemployment for woman has grown dramatically as well as for pacific people. National's policies are clearly adversely and disproportionately affecting people who are not white and male. This indicates a chauvinistic, racist and myopic policy direction, which is ultimately detrimental for New Zealand.