16 Dec 2011

Youth unemployment easing

5:44 am on 16 December 2011

New figures show the crisis in youth unemployment is easing.

After reaching a peak of 15.4% in the December 2009 quarter, Statistics New Zealand says the numbers are now back at pre-crisis levels.

Falls in both the June and September quarters have brought the level back to 12.3%.

The decrease in unemployment is biggest in the 15 - 19 years age group.

But 19 - 24 year olds remain outside the system, with 16% not in employment nor in training.