Job losses get headlines.
That’s justified by the impact not just on those directly affected but by the wider community and economy.
But who counts jobs gained by those who lost them?
Those who go on benefits or immigrate will eventually turn up in welfare and immigration figures.
But who counts the people who find work either for other employers or in their own businesses?
The creation of a large number of new jobs by, for example, the opening of a new milk processing plant, will be reported, but smaller job gains aren’t usually.
In a column discussing how subsidised jobs make everyone poorer, Rodney Hide writes:
. . . If Tiwai closed, the job losses will be obvious and reportable. The jobs and income generated through the extra and cheaper power won’t be. But they will be there. And we will all be better off as a consequence.
The only difficulty is that these jobs won’t be spotted and will go unreported. We don’t know where they are. And we can’t point to them. That’s why the jobs argument – bad as it is – has propaganda value. . .
There have been lots of stories about job losses recently, there have been few about jobs created.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says there are 29,000 fewer New Zealanders receiving benefits since the last quarter.
This is the lowest benefit numbers have been at this time of year since 2009.
“I’m really pleased to see this significant reduction in benefits and I take my hat off to the more than 17,600 people who went off the Unemployment, DPB and Sickness Benefits and into work in the last quarter.”
The Ministry of Social Development cancelled 525 benefits in the last quarter after it implemented an enhanced information sharing arrangement with Inland Revenue. . .
If benefit numbers have dropped in spite of all the reported job losses, new jobs must also have been created.
n spite of all those jobs lost, there must have also been jobs created.