Gisborne / Hawke’s Bay region shows promise with fall in unemployment

Gisborne news
Thursday, May 7, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley welcomes news the unemployment rate continues to fall with 3,400 more people employed in the Gisborne / Hawke’s Bay region.

“These are very positive results for our communities. We still have a lot of work to do but it’s promising to see what we are doing is helping people into employment,” Mrs Tolley says.

Statistics New Zealand released the Labour Market Statistics for the March 2015 quarter which shows the unemployment rate in Gisborne / Hawke’s Bay has fallen 1.2 per cent this year.

“We’re also seeing fantastic results in the number of people are coming off benefits in the East Coast. For the same period there was a 7.3 per cent drop in people receiving Sole Parent Support and a 4.7 per cent drop in people receiving Jobseeker Support.

“We’re investing in education and training, targeted case management, child care assistance, and budgeting and parenting courses to make work achievable and rewarding.

“We know that people are better off in work – not only does it put more money in their pockets, it also gives them a purpose, drive and a sense of self-worth.

“We’re making good progress and we need to continue the hard work we’re doing to help more individuals and families lead prosperous lives,” Mrs Tolley says.