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New Zealand Business Demography Statistics: At February 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 October 2009
Highlights

Provisional figures at February 2009 showed:

  • 476,560 enterprises, up 0.3 percent compared with February 2008
  • 51,800 enterprise births over the year, down 14.9 percent from the previous year
  • 52,880 enterprises ceased over the year, up 2.9 percent from the previous year
  • a total of 1.919 million paid employees (a business size measure statistic, not an official employment statistic), down 2.7 percent from 2008
  • one-fifth of all enterprises were in the rental, hiring, and real estate services industry
  • the manufacturing industry was the largest employer (239,500 employees)
  • of the 60,880 births in the February 2008 year, 82 percent were still operating in 2009. Of the 42,880 births in the February 2001 year, 34 percent were still operating in 2009.  

Graph, Number of Enterprises by Industry.

Cathryn Ashley-Jones
Acting Government Statistician
30 October 2009
ISSN 1174-1988
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