The jobless numbers are up in NZ from 151,000 last year to 161,000 in March 2006. So about 7% of the working population is currently unemployed. These figures come from the Department of Statistics, who count 'all those out of work and wanting a job'. According to Jim Delahunty, this differs from the official stats, which only count those that are unemployed if they meet a number of criteria. Roger Douglas had the counting method changed in 1985 to make the level of unemployment appear lower. Governments and the media continue to go along with this.