The number of Maori unemployed falls as the economy grows

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Wages are outpacing inflation as people enter the workforce in record numbers.

Wages are outpacing inflation as people enter the workforce in record numbers.

September quarter figures released by Statistics New Zealand show the average hourly wage rose 7.4% to $37.86, beating inflation at 7.2%.

Unemployment is 3.3% and the participation rate is at a record high of 71.7%.

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said the strong labor market was having a positive impact on women, Pacific people, Maori and young people.

The Maori unemployment rate remains low, with most Maori entering the labor market finding employment.

She credits programs such as Mana in Mahi, Flexiwage and Apprenticeship Boost with helping people access long-term, sustainable employment.

Youth employment rose sharply and the number of young people without work, education or training fell by 0.7%.

An additional 35,000 people were employed during the quarter, leading to a record 2.85 million people at work.


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