The Opposition is frothing about the Household Labour Force Survey which showed a small increase in unemployment to 6.8%.
But they’re the ones who oppose every move the government makes to reduce costs, move those who can work off benefits into jobs and the development opportunities which will create more jobs.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce is right, the unemployment rate underlines the need for New Zealand to take up all our opportunities for productive growth.
The results show that it is important we allow businesses the opportunity to grow and create jobs across the economy,” Mr Joyce says.
“This includes the intensification of agriculture, the development of aquaculture, greater foreign investment, encouraging hi-tech industries, expanding oil and gas exploration, and progressing an international convention centre in Auckland.
“Those that oppose some or all of these things need to understand you can’t have more jobs without taking up these opportunities.
“It’s vital that we put out the welcome mat to businesses given the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis and the on-going impact of the Canterbury Earthquakes.”
. . . “Our focus is on ensuring businesses have access to the necessary innovation, capital, skilled workers, resources, supporting public infrastructure and markets they need to be internationally competitive,” Mr Joyce says.
“The good news is that in the past two years 55,000 new jobs were created in New Zealand despite some of the toughest economic head winds the World has seen. However, the reality is that if we want more and better jobs then we need to encourage more successful, growing and competitive companies to be based here.”
Jobs don’t come from doing nothing.
(Photo borrowed from Credo Quia Absurdum Est).
We have to do something but not just anything. It’s no use postponing the day of reckoning with tax, borrow and spend policies as Labour did.
We need productive jobs which earn export dollars.
It’s time to stop saying no and learn how to say yes to opportunities boost economic growth and environmental protection.