National’s jobs fail sends youth to Australia

New analysis shows thousands of young Kiwis are leaving for Australia because of our failed job market, not the lure of the lucky country, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.

“National claims that the record numbers of Kiwis heading to Australia isn’t their fault, it’s because our neighbours are doing so well. But a close look at the numbers shows that when unemployment gets worse more young Kiwis leave for Australia.

“National keeps making up excuses for the exodus. One day it’s mining in Perth. The next it’s the sun on the Gold Coast. But the truth is clear. It’s the lack of jobs here.

“The Government can’t hide behind Australia’s success anymore. National’s economic mismanagement has left 30,000 young Kiwis without a job. The figures show that what’s sends them offshore, not a desire to become Australian. Over 160,000 Kiwis have left for Australia under National and 40 per cent of them are 18 – 30.

“Every time a job is lost in New Zealand a boarding pass is printed at the airport. This is direct evidence that National is turning Generation Y into Generation OZ.

“National came to office promising they would stop Kiwis waving goodbye to their loved ones. Four years’ on they’ve failed to deliver and record numbers of Kiwis are fleeing in droves.”

Media Statement   7th October 2012

 

The exodus of ‘Generation OZ’ (Year to August 2012)

 

53,904 people have departed permanently for Australia in the year to August 2012.  21,733 (40.3%) of those are aged from 18-30

This is the equivalent of the entire student body of a major university such as Victoria or Otago leaving the country in a single year

Age Number

22 years

2352

23 years

2201

24 years

2188

21 years

2116

25 years

1860

26 years

1631

20 years

1581

18 years

1488

19 years

1452

27 years

1443

28 years

1304

29 years

1101

30 years

1016

Most common age of permanent departures to Australia (year to August 2012):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Source: Statistics NZ, International Travel and Migration Data Series

 

Number and rate of unemployment among 20-24 year olds

  2008Q4

~

2011Q3 2011Q4 2012Q1 2012Q2

Persons Unemployed in Labour Force

16,300

~

29,100

28,600

37,900

29,500

Unemployment Rate

7.3

~

12.2

11.9

15

12.1

Source: Statistics NZ HLFS, note that unemployment by age cohort is not seasonally adjusted by Statistics NZ

 

Source: Statistics New Zealand: International Travel & Migration data series. Note: Each year is represented by a single line, apart from 75+ which explains the ‘spike’ at the end of the chart

 

 

Source: Statistics New Zealand: Household Labour Force Survey and International Travel & Migration d

 

 

 

 

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Author: David Parker MP

I am a List MP for the New Zealand Labour Party, and Spokesperson for Trade & Export Growth and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Shadow Attorney General

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