Paula Bennett has responded to today’s announcement of a ten year high in the unemployment rate.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett pointed to an increase of 14,500 people in the working age population.
“There are simply more people joining the workforce, which is outstripping job growth,” said Bennett.
Didn’t she even bother to read the media release, let alone the background statistics, released by Government Statistician Geoff Bascand today before commenting on it?
During the last year, employment fell by 53,000 or 2.4 percent. There were large decreases in the number of people employed in the Auckland and Canterbury regions. There were also marked decreases in employment in the manufacturing; retail trade and accommodation; and arts, recreation, and other services industries.
Loss of jobs is what is to blame. We all knew that major job losses would happen without Government intervention. But Bennett chose to do nothing to create employment, and now blames the horrendously high unemployment statistics on a few returning New Zealanders and immigrants.