The Maori Party has joined the call by Labour and the Greens for urgent government action to create jobs.
The unemployment rate unexpectedly rose by half a percentage point to 7.3 per cent in the September quarter, the highest level in 13 years, and the Maori unemployment rate stands at 15.1 per cent.
Unemployment among Pacific Island people is even worse at 15.6 per cent.
Labour and the Greens are blaming the government's economic policies and say it must start treating job creation as an absolute priority.
The Maori Party, which has a support agreement with National, is adding its weight to their call.
Co-leader Tariana Turia says it's the government's responsibility to grow the economy so there are jobs for young Maori.
She is also concerned about employer attitudes.
"Some of the evidence that's come out is that employers won't give young Maori people a chance," she said on Radio New Zealand on Monday.
"We were told the 90-day trials would give employers the opportunity to try these young people out and they're not even letting them get in the door."
The government is blaming increased unemployment on global economic hard times, and it isn't going to change its policies.
"We are on the right track in our view," Prime Minister John Key told reporters on Thursday.
"We are part of an international circumstance and we are seeing difficult international trading conditions."