We expect the truth about the economy from our Government – not economy with the truth.
Yesterday I blogged about Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett’s attempt to blame the ten year high in the unemployment rate on population growth. What I missed was an even more blatant denial of reality by the Prime Minister himself:
He told reporters it was important to note the economy was not losing jobs, it was a case of not creating new ones fast enough.
But the Government Statistician says:
Employment fell slightly during the quarter with the number of people employed decreasing by 2,000 or 0.1 percent, compared with a 16,000 decline in the previous quarter. Full-time employment drove the latest decrease in employment. Actual hours worked also fell by 0.4 percent consistent with the fall in employment during the December 2009 quarter, and by 3.2 percent since the December 2008 quarter.
Of course politicians, of whatever hue, are going to attempt to spin statistics to their political advantage. I’m relaxed about that.
Telling blatant lies about statistics is another matter.