Filled jobs were up 9,147 to 2.2 million in August 2020 compared with July – with 7,409 of those in education and training.
“Our focus on jobs over the past three years is reflected in today’s data, in particular our focus on skills and training.
“We have boosted apprenticeship and trades training to help people upskill and retrain, often for free, and we are reforming the vocational training sector.
“It is particularly pleasing to see the lift in the number of women in filled jobs – up 0.6 percent or 6,684 jobs, compared with 0.2 percent or 2,212 jobs for men,” Grant Robertson said.
“The data also shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision.
“The numbers for the calendar year numbers show our decision to move quickly to put the Wage Subsidy in place to protect jobs was the right thing to do.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)