Northland and Wellington top unemployment figures
1:00PM Friday May 11, 2007

The country's highest unemployment can be found in Northland and Wellington, official figures published today show.

The regional labour market reports, jointly produced by the Labour Department and the Ministry of Social Development, put the annual average unemployment rate for the country for the year to March at 3.7 per cent.

In Northland and Wellington the figure was 4.7 per cent, but with Northland's falling to get there, from 5.4 per cent in the year to March 2006, while Wellington's rose from 4 per cent.

Auckland's unemployment rate also rose, from 3.6 per cent to 3.9 per cent.

The three areas with rates under 3 per cent were all in the South Island.

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