Unemployment in Hawke's Bay fell in the last three months of 2012, new figures reveal.
Statistics NZ figures showed the region's unemployment rate dropped 0.7 per cent in the three months to December, to 8.6 per cent.
However, the employment rate - the percentage of people employed in the working-age population - also fell during the period, down 2.3 per cent to 61.3 per cent.
Statistics NZ said the Hawke's Bay figures were estimates and should be treated as "indicative" due to the small sample size.
A union is warning that casualisation and limited working hours are causing havoc with local workers.
"Some of the people I speak with are on low hours and need more," First Union Hawke's Bay organiser Mike McNabb said.
"There's people who can't get enough hours at work, so they've got two and three jobs to make ends meet. This may be nightfill workers doing other jobs during the day, and day workers doing extra jobs at night."
Workers and families were suffering as a result, he said.
Excerpt from Hawkes Bay Today story. Read the full article online here.