Unemployment up to 6.8% - where are the Jobs Mr Key?
The Unemployment rate was supposed to drop to 6.5%, it went up to 6.8%.
Where are the jobs Mr Key?
We continue to see vast numbers of NZers with no job, we continue to see large numbers becoming 'invisible' to official jobless stats meaning our real unemployment rate could be far higher and we continue to see no plan whatsoever from National to address these unemployment issues other than selling assets and tax cuts for the rich.
The right wing apologists will be very quick however to point out that we don't know how lucky we are with 6.8% unemployment.
Have a look at the unemployment rate around the world and we are lucky. It's bumped up over 8.3% in America, it's in crippling double digits throughout Europe. We have been protected from the worst edges of the recession not because of John Key's policies, but because of our geography.
The economic micro climate created by China's vast buy up of raw materials has protected NZ. China is our second largest trading Partner, Australia is our largest and China is Australia's largest.
I know for that vast sea of NZers currently living in poverty, planning week to week finances that the idea that we are some how 'better off' seems like a slap in the face to their daily struggle with living it hard in NZ, but the reality is, this is just a taste of how bad the economic environment can degrade if China's economy get's buffeted by a collapsing Euro-Zone and an America falling into recession.
That's why a change of ideological direction is a must in 2014. We don't know how lucky we are, because the worst hasn't hit NZ yet and this Government have no answer to those concerns other than more failed free market dogma.