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Which of these factors is likely to have the biggest impact on our economy over the next 12 months?

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Just act naturally - and fake it

Elizabeth Davies braves the rigorous beauty parade that is the job interview

Unemployment, employment both rise

Updated
Unemployment rate rises to 5.7% but labour force participation rate reaches record high of 69.7% with 'turbo-charged' increase in labour supply

Little focuses on small business jobs

New Labour Leader Andrew Little focuses on vision for jobs and small businesses in State of the Nation address, rather than detail; says inequality stunts growth

While you were sleeping: Oil sinks as OPEC holds

 OPEC holds production targets, gold and other commodity prices drop, surprise German unemployment fall

Debunking the post-rebuild hole myth

ANZ economists argue the eventual waning of the Christchurch rebuild won't spell doom & gloom for the wider NZ economy

'Young immigrants could prop up provinces'

NZIER's Shamubeel Eaqub says recruiting young immigrants could help address problems in NZ provinces where there are more old people, compared with the working age population, than Japan

'Regions not being plundered for city benefit'

ANZ says 'knife-and-fork economics' shows talk of cities surging & the regions being down in the dumps is just hubris. Actually many of the regions are doing well

Immigration policy is handicapping much of the country

If policy was less skill-qualification oriented & more honest-hardworking orientated, the regions would have more chance of competing for immigrants

Desperate times call for misguided promises

Rodney Dickens shows why targeting 4% unemployment is misguided and would backfire. He says it is political nonsense

NZ jobless rate higher than forecast

Updated
Unemployment rate steady at 6.0% in March quarter despite stronger-than-expected jobs growth as participation rises to record high; wage inflation benign despite strong GDP growth