Unemployment is up in the Bay of Plenty, increasing from 5.8 per cent in the June quarter to 7.9 per cent for the September quarter. These figures are from Statistics New Zealand and are for the greater Bay of Plenty, including Rotorua and Taupo.
Some people will do anything to get a job.
The number of people of working age has decreased in the region from 191,500 in the June quarter to 189,600 people in the September quarter with the labour force participation rate slightly increasing to 65.2 per cent from 65.0 per cent.
Overall there are now 9800 people unemployed in the region compared with 7300 in the June quarter.