THE LABOUR MARKET.
TRADE IN THE AUCKLAND DISTRICT.
A 'GENERAL SUACKNESS. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WEfLUNGTON, this day. The following is the Labdur Department's report on trade and employment in Auckland during February: — There is a general slackness in trade throughout the district, and unfortunately tlwre are a considerable number of tradesmen and tradeswomen and labourers out of work. A variety of reasons is v given for the present depressed state of trade, but that most generally accepted is that it is due to the scarcity -of ready. money. Whatever the cause may be there can be no doubt that trade in all its branches is depressed at present.
Building Trades.—Generally speaking, the trade is very slack in all its 'branches. There are nine bricklayers registered as out of work, and the number of buildings in course of erection is not large enough to aibsorb all surplus labour. It is further reported that there are several men out who have neglected to register their names. Carpentery and joinery are very slack. There are 36 carpenters registered as open for engagement; some who are out of work have failed to register. Painting is also very slack. th"re being no 3e?s than 32 men registered on the books as being , out of employment. Xo doubt there are others idle who have not registered. Plastering appears to be in a normal condition, and no men are registered as out of work. Plumbing is in a normal condition, and so far only two men Have registered, but the secretary of the union reports that there are four signing his books, and that there are 12 non-unionists reported idle.
Stonemasonry.—The position in this trade is normal, and there are no hands registered as out of work. Woodworking.—There Is a general slackness throughout the -whole of the trade. Cabinpfcmaking, ibox3r<aking. and sash and door factories are all slack. Sawmilling is in a fair condition, but the men are not busy. Upholstering is slack, too, while coopering is in a normal con dition. Woodturning is also slack, and the same remark applies to the engineering, agricultural implement making, and iboilerroaking trades. Brass and copper smithing is normal, as also is electrical engineering. The fitting and turning ibranches are very slack, but only four men so far have registered their names. Iron and brass moulding Is slack, but only four men have registered their names. Range and stove making is normal.
Leather Trades.—Bootmaking factories are not very busy, numbers of men working short time. Repair shops are in a normal condition. Saddlery and harness making is fairly busy, the men working full time.
Clothing Trade. —The clothing trade is very slack in all its branches. Some dressmaking and millinery rooms are practically empty, and shirtmaking is still very slack. Tailoring (factories) is slack, though improving, and tailoring (order) is normal. Wnile there are no men registered out of work a large number are working short time. Woollen milling is fairly busy. 4L
Retail Trades.—There is a slackness in all branches af tn-ade, and a general complaint as to the shortness of ready money. Grocers complain that while business is very good it is most difficult to get money in.
Printing Trades.—'Bookbinding is in a normal condition, as also is printing.)
Meat Freezing; etc. —This branch is ■well employed, it being the busy season. The tanning, currying, fellmongery, slaughtering, and preserving branches are busy, slaughtering e&pecially.
Miscellaneous. — Blacksmithing and coach and tramcar building are in a normal condition. The cycle and motor trades are fairly (busy. In regard to agricultural operations there is still a fair demand for farm labourers, especially milkers. Gum sorting is normal, brushmaking, yacht and boat building fairly busy, Virick and tile making, and baking and pastrycooking slack. There are 10 ibakers out of work. Electricians, normal condition; enginedrivers, slack. There are some 10 builders' labourers registered as out of work, and 23 butchers. Tinsmithing is fair, nobody being registered as out of work.
Unskilled Labour. —The number of applicants has increased considerably during the month, and there are now some 258 names registered. During the period from January 20 to February 20, 230 men -were sent to work, viz., 59 married and 177 single. Of that number 125 were sent to private and 111 to Government and railway ■works.
3KNEMH-OXED IS" WELLINGTON.
~;:.. A-iECAHD WINTER AHEAD. (• (By> Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) , ... WELIRNGTOyr, this day. Traofespeople hav.e made up their minds iblia.t the coming winter will see the unemployed question forced very prominently to the fore. The January and ■February returns of several business firms disclose an alarming , decrease on jfhe figures for tne corresponding moniflis of last year, ia some instances as much as 50 and 75 per cent; and things are expected to go from bad to worse before jthe criming -winter lias run. its course. Inquiries made at the Trades Hall showed that work is exceedingly scarce in Wellington at the present time. The secretary ©f the Building Trade labourers' Union knew of a.t least 60 men -triio were unemployed, and had teen, so for some jtime. So far as. fclie /builders' labourers <were concerned —and their employment or otherwise was a good guide to the buil-d----igg tra<de generally—things had mat been so bad for the past 12 years as they were to-day. It was also ascertained that skilled masons have joined the Labourers' Union in order to get work in the capacity of labourers. Over ltJO" carpenters and joiners -who are seeking openings in their trades are on the union's books, 'but there are profoably 100 more among .the unemployed. The Painters' Union had- a little relief abo-ut a fortnight ago, a draft of men going on to the Porirua Mental Hospital job; but there are now '25 names on tEe unemployed books, whereas a fortnight ago there were but five. Bricklayers and find work most difficult to obtain.
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