Expo aims at jobs for youth
On the day it was announced the unemployment rate hit a record high, staff from Upper Hutt's Ministry of Social Development were holding a local expo aimed at getting unemployed youth into work.
Statistics New Zealand has released figures showing the unemployment rate has risen to 7.3 per cent.
This is the highest level since June 1999.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Social Development's expo aimed at getting unemployed youth jobs proved popular.
Service centre manager Lloyd Mareko says about 65 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 went along.
Mr Mareko says they would sometimes subsidise employers taking on new employees as an incentive to employers.
The expo included training providers such as SENZ, Q-nique, and Treehouse.
Community liaison adviser Natala Low says the expo encouraged people to find work or enrol with one of their externally-contracted training providers.
"It is really important that we get these young people skills that will lead to a job and place them into sustainable employment."
Meanwhile, the Council of Trade Unions says the level of unemployment is in crisis.
Council of Trade Unions secretary Peter Conway says there are 175,000 people officially unemployed, and more than 113,000 people looking for more hours at work.
Upper Hutt Leader