Work­ers need­ing homes

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Af­ter a two year de­cline In­fo­met­rics lat­est re­port shows for the sec­ond year in a row more than 100 jobs have been in­tro­duced to the South Waikato labour mar­ket.

The trend was echoed with an in­crease in eco­nomic gain by 0.9 per cent to De­cem­ber 2016 which South Waikato mayor Jenny Shat­tock said was pos­i­tive.

‘‘The coun­cil will con­tinue to sup­port this pos­i­tive trend through our busi­ness friendly and solutions fo­cused ap­proach, chang­ing per­cep­tions of our district by show­cas­ing the many busi­ness and life­style op­por­tu­ni­ties and work­ing with train­ing providers, and in­dus­try lead­ers on suc­cess­ful pro­grammes like the South Waikato Trade Train­ing,’’ she said.

The quar­terly re­port also shows traf­fic flows were up 6.3 per cent, com­pared to 4.5 per cent na­tion­ally.

South Waikato house prices have also sig­nif­i­cantly risen and while a sign of pos­i­tive growth for the district, it’s cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure on the hous­ing mar­ket.

Over the last quar­ter, there has also been a fur­ther 8.6 per cent in­crease in res­i­den­tial rental prices which is an eight year high.

The coun­cil has iden­ti­fied res­i­den­tial growth plan­ning in its Draft An­nual Plan to help ad­dress land and hous­ing sup­ply pres­sures in the mid-to-long-term.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

The South Waikato has seen a rise in new jobs in re­cent months.

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