Hi Kieth, late to this but I'll second Ieuan Wickham, IMHO no one in govt is covered in glory here. Sure youth unemployment isnt' at the level of Greece or Spain, but did get kicked by the GFC and has yet to recover.
NEET data only goes to 2011
StatNZ's go out of their way to make it easy (well kinda, still a bit hidden).
> Work income and spending
> Household Labour Force Survey
> Youth Labour Force and Education Status: Seas Adj & Trend Series (Qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)
Select "Not in employment, education or training (NEET)" and/or "NEET Rate" from Observations and you're cooking.
BTW on "HORRIBlE RIGHTWING LIES" can we note the gov line was "woot - Q2 2012 signs of improvement" Latest youth NEET rates show decrease
So now we get "woot - Q1 2013 signs of improvement"".
Come on Stats, this is a little rediculous, pre-GFC had the 2004-2008 NEET rate for 20-24 year olds at a mean of 14%, with the last quarter of 15.9% (2009-date mean 17.3%, and the current est just 1.65 std dev down) it's a little early to pop the champaign. This still represents an excess of 5600 nippers who would've/should've been gainfully employed.
Hey Keith, I'm pretty late to this...and your blog...but after browsing the page, and scrolling down to see what you've been writing...I settled here just because it was the last article that my phone would show me, without clicking the "older posts" button.
Just wanted to add a little unseen input to the stats that may, or may not have been mentioned...due to me being too lazy to read everyone's response, but I know that if you are on any other benefit, other than the unemployment benefit (sickness, invalids, etc...), and are in fact unemployed, you technically aren't registered as unemployed in the "system", and therefore do not count towards the "unemployment stats" that the ministry of social development would like you or I to see, depending of course on who you or I work for. Just putting it out there for arguments sake.
Keep doing what you're doing, Keith!
Enjoying the blog...when I get a chance to read it :)