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Thousands of new jobs predicted

8 December 2016, Andrew Ashton, The Gisborne Herald.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest report estimates 600 new jobs in Gisborne by 2019.

A REPORT has predicted that the number of new jobs available in Gisborne will grow by 600 over the next three years. 

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Short-term Employment Forecasts: 2016-19 report estimates about 6000 new jobs will be created in Gisborne by 2019.

Although the predicted 0.9 annual percentage increase predicted by MBIE is the lowest in New Zealand, Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen says the report backs up the economic development agency’s own research that suggests there will be between 3500 and 5000 new jobs coming online across the region over the next decade.

“It’s encouraging that other agencies are also forecasting jobs growth. The forecast does demonstrate the importance of scale. We’re the smallest regional economy in New Zealand so our opportunities to support job growth across a range of activities are that much smaller.

“That’s demonstrated in the significant contribution the construction sector makes to the overall national figures, but less so here. However, there are areas where we can accelerate our jobs growth, and hospitality and tourism offer an early opportunity.

“We are promoting ourselves nationally into a rising visitor market that main destination centres are struggling to cope with. Growth in horticulture and forestry jobs means that these sectors are more pro-actively managing their workforce needs and the region is investing in its local talent through actions such as the Youth Employment Strategy so our youth can take better advantage of the opportunities being created here,” said Mr Breen.

Nationally, the report suggested a 2.5 percent annual increase in new jobs, with regional New Zealand accounting for the largest increases.

“Overall, regions that have a high concentration of employment in lower-growth industries such as primary production are forecast to have slower overall employment growth over the forecast period compared to other regions,” the report said.

“Regions with a high concentration of employment in high-growth sectors, such as construction, hospitality and business services, are likely to see faster employment growth relative to other regions.

“Regional employment growth over the next three years is forecast to be spread across all regions.”

For the South Island, the average annual rate of employment growth will be strongest in Marlborough (up 3.7 percent), Tasman (3.3), West Coast (3.0) and Canterbury (2.3).

In the North Island, Auckland (3.3), Waikato (2.7) and Taranaki (2.6) are predicted to do best.

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