The Rudd government is far from improving Indigenous unemployment figures, despite a campaign launched at the National Apology in 2008, reports Crikey.com. A key goal set out by the government was to halve Indigenous unemployment. This would mean reducing the unemployment figures from twenty four per cent to twelve per cent. The government dismissed warnings in 2008 that the target was unreachable after reviewing Indigenous employment figures from 1971 to 2006. For the government to successfully halve unemployment they would need to provide ten thousand new jobs by 2018.