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Maori discrimination raises unemployment - Turia

Friday 9 Nov 2012 7:43 a.m.

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Discrimination against young Maori is being blamed for a rise in the unemployment rate.

Jobless figures for Maori jumped from just under 13-percent to more than 15-percent in the last quarter as overall figures shot up to a 13-year high. In some areas it's as high as 60-percent.

Statistics New Zealand released the results of their Household Labour Force Survey yesterday, showing across all demographics there were 13,000 more unemployed people than three months ago and a total of 175,000 without jobs.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says evidence shows employers won't give young Maori a chance, despite the introduction of the 90-day trial period:

“We know that there are very high rates for young Maori young unemployed, the issue for us is what is the Government’s going to do about it.”

Ms Turia says discrimination is at play, but wouldn't say what the Government should do about it.

Unemployment among Pacific Island people is even worse at 15.6 percent.

The Government is blaming increased unemployment on global economic hard times, and it isn't going to change its policies.

"We are on the right track in our view," Prime Minister John Key told reporters on Thursday.

"We are part of an international circumstance and we are seeing difficult international trading conditions."

RadioLIVE / 3 News / NZN

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