The labour market has bounced back from a dip in November, bringing optimism for the coming year. According to Statistics NZ, there were 2.3 million filled jobs in December, up 1.7 per cent or over 37,000 jobs on the previous month. On an annual basis, there were just under 13,000 more jobs than December last year, up 0.6 per cent, but business insights manager Sue Chapman said the jobs market had lost a lot of steam since Covid-19. JO McKENZIE-MCLEAN/STUFF Displaced workers who have lost their jobs during Covid-19 are being offered free study to retrain for jobs in the agriculture industry. “Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we usually experienced annual increases of between 2 and 4 per cent.” READ MORE:Mothballed: Near-empty hotels hibernate for winter Job numbers drop for the first time in a decade, women and youth feel the hitBuilding consents for small dwellings hit a milestone Young Kiwis across the country ‘bearing the brunt’ of economic downturn However, Infometrics economist Brad Olsen had a more optimistic take on the figures, saying it set the stage for a more upbeat labour market in 2021. ”The regional and industry-level differences make the uneven hit to the New Zealand clear to… Read full this story
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