28 Sep 2011

Labour accuses Government of destroying jobs

7:53 pm on 28 September 2011

The Labour Party has accused the Government of destroying jobs but National says there have never been more people in work than now.

Both parties used statistics during Parliament's Question Time to make their political points.

Labour quoted the National Employment Indicator when it argued that 47,000 jobs have been lost since National came to power.

But Statistics New Zealand says the indicator is an experimental measure of employment and complements its other two measures - the household labour force survey and the quarterly employment survey.

And the Prime Minister, John Key, used the household labour force survey to say there are record numbers of people in employment.

Labour's leader Phil Goff asked if employment is so strong, why did more than 800 people queue for jobs at the New World supermarket in Kaiapoi.