Benefit numbers fall
The number of people receiving the Unemployment Benefit has dropped by 4,224 over the last month.
"That's the single biggest drop in the Unemployment Benefit since the recession began," says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
The number of people on all types of benefits has dropped by 10,816 over the same period.
Over half of that total number, relates to young people on benefits.
"It's really pleasing to see 5,595 young people came off a benefit in just the last month," says Ms Bennett.
"Young people have been among the hardest hit by the recession and initiatives like Job Ops and Community Max have proven vital in keeping young New Zealanders in work," says Ms Bennett.
3,636 position had been filled through Job Ops by the end of February, with 2,927 positions filled through Community Max
Work and Income has continued its work-first approach, using work brokers and its specialised recruitment service Job Connect to match people with jobs.
What actually happened was that in February 2010 7,198 people left an unemployment benefit to go on the student allowance. This compares to 3,996 in February 2008.
When in opposition National used to rigorously and repeatedly rail at Labour for trying to massage the unemployment numbers.
Having spent 9 long years in opposition National certainly had time to observe and learn the art.