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Today’s record employment rate of 68.3 percent, matched by the lowest unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in over a decade means better lives for thousands of New Zealanders, Minister of Employment Willie Jackson says.

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Seventy five young people in Hawkes Bay are being supported into employment through LIFT’s He Poutama Rangatahi Hikina programme, said Minister of Employment Willie Jackson who announced funding of $375,000 for the programme today.

It is heartening to see the economy continuing to add jobs at a good pace, and that wage growth is picking up for hard-working Kiwis, Employment Minister Willie Jackson says.

Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced $1.7 million over two years for four He Poutama Rangatahi initiatives in the Hawke’s Bay today.

Te Tai Tokerau youth are being helped into employment or training with a new partnership investment of $4.4 million, Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has announced.

The Coalition Government’s plan to enhance education and employment outcomes for rangatahi has been given a boost in Budget 2018, say Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Employment Minister Willie Jackson.

“This year’s Budget delivers for Māori,” Māori Ministers Kelvin Davis, Nanaia Mahuta, Peeni Henare, Meka Whaitiri and Willie Jackson said today. 

Employment Minister Willie Jackson today announced funding of more than $1.5 million over three years for two pilot projects in Opōtiki that will support youth to employment as part of the He Poutama Rangatahi initiative.

Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today government support to set Kaikohe unemployed youth on a pathway to careers in forestry through He Poutama Rangatahi.

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has welcomed news that the unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in the March quarter, indicating the Government is on track with its plan to get unemployment down to 4% by 2020.

The Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has welcomed the release of a report finding that removing the inequalities faced by Māori would boost the economy by $2.6 billion each year.

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson have today officially launched the Work The Seasons website in Pukekohe making it easier for seasonal workers to find the job they need and for employers to find the right person.

The inaugural national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars has been held in the Bay of Islands, attended by Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson.

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson today visited the Auckland CBD Jobs and Skills Hub and the Southern Initiative in Auckland that have benefitted over 500 young workers and rangatahi in the city.

Associate Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson said it was an honour last night to present the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book and Journalism Awards to one of the Māori World’s wahine toa veteran broadcasting star, Wena Harawira.

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has today welcomed the release of the Household Labour Force Survey, which shows unemployment falling to 4.6 per cent.