14 Jan 2013

Christchurch rebuild boost for job market

7:53 pm on 14 January 2013

Pessimism surrounding the jobs market has eased slightly, boosted by the rebuilding of earthquake-hit Christchurch.

The Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index edged up to 99.1 in the three months to December last year.

A result below 100 indicates more pessimists than optimists.

Westpac senior economist Felix Delbruck says while Canterbury is upbeat, households in most other regions are not.