One in ten Maori expected to be looking for work
Thanks to the economic downturn, unemployment is expected to to rapidly increase - and it appears Maori will bear the brunt of it. According to the Maori Party unemployment is expected to increase by 50 percent and given Maori unemployment according to the Household Labour Force survey is 7.1 percent, one in ten Maori will be telling the survey they are looking for work.
Actually one in ten could be on a benefit as whenever there is an big increase in unemployment in an economic downturn, a substantial proportion of that increase is Maori.
It may get pretty bad in Australia where one in seven Maori live. They`ll be making a decision whether to come back to New Zealand or whether to stay in Australia if they lose their jobs. And if lots of Maori think it is better to be unemployed in New Zealand than unemployed in Australia guess what is gong to happen to our welfare bill?