Story: Southland region

Worker shortage

Worker shortage

Southland’s economic buoyancy in the mid-2000s triggered an acute shortage of labour in many fields, including welding. Surveys showed unemployment at just 1.6%, and there weren’t enough Southlanders to fill vacancies. A Venture Southland survey showed that the manufacturing engineering sector would require about 88 new workers by mid-2009.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Southland people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015