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Govt asked to relax immigration laws

The government is being asked to relax the immigration laws in bid to curb the labour shortage.

Statistics New Zealand says the unemployment rate fell to 3.4% in the December quarter - its lowest level since the survey began in 1986.

The number of people in jobs increased by 23,000, or just over 1%, in the December quarter.

The employment growth was driven by full time employment and the number of women in the workforce, with part time employment largely unchanged.

Figures show there are now 2,173,000 people in work.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce CEO Charles Finny believes there needs to be a greater emphasis on encouraging skilled migrants to New Zealand.

He says there is too much focus on immigrants being seen as a threat instead of a solution......Article conts (-)

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