■ .'SLAOIENESS IST AUOK&ANjD. -'■; rMPKOVEMENT TN' BUILDING..: /.; (By Te'egrapn.—6wn 'CorresponOent.) iFriday. Vj The LabouT Department's report o£ trade in Auckland/.during Jtfarch, as lit .appears in the Journal;";.is,as follows:— ) '' 'There is still a general .slackness mi .trade in all branches - throughout *he district, and «. number -of skilled men and labourers are out rof work. ' ■; Building trades axe very, slack in all /branches, -.but -there is .-.a, .slight improve-; ment-on the conditions ruling last.month. There are not many Tjricklayers oiit ofj work at ;preaent, -owing -to -several build-t ings being in course of construction.' A number of .anen, jtoo, have left the; district. The carpentry and joinery! trades aTe very xrnd there are a' number of ooen out <of work. Painting,: has improved very afcd there are now only about six maines on_ the unemployed book.. Plastering and! plumbing are normal. Stone masonry !is also in a normal con-ditdon, no Tignfl* being registered -as out of .work. There is a general slackness through-; out the whole of the woodworking trade.; All branches of the furniture /faade. *re: slack, as also is boxmaking. Sawanilling 1 is normal, while coopering is iairly busy. ! Engineering trades generally are-ilack' in all ibranches. Agricultural implement making and boilennaking are slack, ithere l)eing several tradesmen but :of employ-; meat. Brass and -copper smithing are in. a normal condition, but electrical •engineering is slack. The leather trade has been fairly busy.! Bootmaking is very -slack, and many ot the shops are working broken time. The, 1 repair shops are in a normal condition, while saddlery and hornessmaking Are busy, and mow -working full'time. As for the clothing trades, dT-essmalring. and millinery are slack, some workrooms being practically empty. Shirtmaking Hs slack, *00. Tailoring ((factories) is ' cidedly slack, but,there is .a sliglft tendency towards improvement. Tailoring 1 , (orders) is slack, in some shops several, hands are working short time only, while in others they are working ifull time and full handed. Woollen milling .'is -fairly busy, and retail trades axe apparently doing a very good business for this time. of the year. There are mo complaints as to slackness, which is unusual. The grocery trade is very satisfactory, and it is said that cash has been -easier to obtain than it was during the previous month. ' ■ - t Printing and bookbinding are in a normal condition. UNION SECRETARIES' KEPORTS. The following reports of the, state of trade in Auckland ore supplied by the union secretaries:— A slight improvement in the bricklaying trade has taken plaoe during the past month owing to two ot three jobs starting, and also to the iact that some tradesmen went to Australia, consequent upon the report that work is good there. However, there are more tradesmen here than there is work for, but it is hoped that things will improve next month. , The boot trade is still in a very unsatisfactory condition. Many shops are still making broken time, while one or two are making a few hours' overtime. A good number of men are out of employment, and several who were discharged during the last few weeks have left the Dominion. Gumdigging conditions liavo been most favourable this month, as the dryness of the season has given the diggers an opportunity to search for gum at deeper levels, consequently better results have obtained. The local gum market has also been steady for all classes of kauri, and prices for this product are improving. The number of house painters reporixsd idle is 20, jnostly non-unionists. Trade has decidedly improved this month, and although, on Account of short jobs, men are .getting out more often than usual, they seem to have no difficulty in getting another position. TJie plumbing trade is ,bad, iand the etonemasonry trade improving. The stonework for the Town Hall' is expected to start immediately. All the unionists are employed. There are a number of masons here not connected with the union who are unemployed and waiting for the Town Hall job to start.
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