7 May 2014

Maori employment rates improve

7:49 pm on 7 May 2014

Official figures show the number of Maori employed in March was up 14-thousand-500 on the same time the year before.

During that period, the rate for Maori employment and the rate of Maori looking for work each increased by 2.5 and 2.3 percent respectively.

The Maori unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 13.2 percent but it is still the highest for an individual ethnicity, with Pasifika following closely at 13 percent.

New Zealand's overall unemployment rate stood at 6 percent.