Jobless benefit claims rise again
Economy

Jobless benefit claims rise again

The number of new people receiving the Covid-19 Income Relief Payment (CIRP) and Jobseeker Support increased for first time in six weeks in the week to Aug. 7.A further 1,600 people are now receiving one of these benefits, bringing the total number to 215,000, up from 145,000 in...

Andy Fyers 14 Aug 2020
The fall in Auckland's Covid-19 testing rates
Economy

The fall in Auckland's Covid-19 testing rates

Three out of every 10,000 Aucklanders were being tested for Covid-19 per day, in the weeks leading up to community transmission.

Andy Fyers 13 Aug 2020
Job numbers conceal calm before the storm
Economy

Job numbers conceal calm before the storm

The number of new people receiving an unemployment benefit fell for the fifth consecutive week in the seven days to July 31.There were 934 new claimants for the Covid-19 Income Relief Payment - CIRP - bringing the total to 20,957. That's in addition to 192,488 Jobseeker benef...

Andy Fyers 07 Aug 2020
Women hit hardest in retail, hospitality job losses
Work

Women hit hardest in retail, hospitality job losses

As BusinessDesk reported on Wednesday, the headline unemployment figures for the June quarter need to be digested with a large grain of salt.Unemployment of 4 percent masks a whole range of things, including a shrinking labour force during lockdown. To be counted as unemployed yo...

Andy Fyers 06 Aug 2020