New figures show Maori are suffering the brunt of job losses caused by the recession.
The Household Labour Force survey shows in the past year Maori unemployment has rocketed from 9.6 percent to 14.2 percent.
That’s an increase of almost 10 thousand out of work.
Pakeha unemployment has only gone from 3.1 to 4.5 percent.
Council of Trade Unions secretary Peter Conway says the recession has hit hard in the construction and manufacturing sectors, which employed large numbers of Maori.
“Maori are also a younger population on average and youth unemployment is now above 25 percent so part of it is that and there also may be still some discrimination in the labour market. I’m not saying it’s there but others say it’s there and hitting Maori hard,” Mr Conway says.
The CTU says the government needs to take specific action to fight Maori unemployment or the social consequences will be around for generation.
see also: Household Labour force Survey