Jobless rate drops

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 17:13 07/05/2012

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The latest Southland employment factsheets were released today by the Labour Department showing the unemployment rate in Southland has dropped.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.4 per cent from 4.7 per cent for the year ending March while the national average was 6.6 per cent.

Jubilee Budget Advisory Service manager Simon Tierney said yesterday Southland was doing well but there was some distortion in the numbers.

People could have been made redundant who did have fulltime jobs – there were several redundancies at Inland Revenue, he said.

"But I think it's great Southland is a lot lower than the rest of the country,'' he said.

Workbridge employment consultant Stephen Day said the figures were a fair reflection but the next lot would be interesting.

With a shorter season at the meat works numbers will rise, he said.

"But how much is the question,'' he said.

The working-age population in the Southland region was 78,700 and the employment rate was 71 per cent up from 68.7 per cent the year before.

In Southland, there were 1279 working aged people receiving unemployment benefits from Work and Income.

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