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Employment and unemployment

Employment and unemployment statistics count and describe people in New Zealand who are in paid employment, unemployed, and not in the labour force. You can also find information about occupations and industries, income and net worth, types of work, and employment conditions. See:

Information releases

Explore our latest employment and unemployment statistics.

Household labour statistics

Household Labour Force Survey 
New Zealand's official statistics on:

  • the number of people employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force
  • actual and usual hours worked
  • the numbers of people in occupations and industries. 

Household Labour Force Survey Estimated Working-age Population
This table provides an estimate of the usually resident, non-institutionalised, civilian population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over. The estimate provides the benchmark figure for the number of people in the labour market each quarter.

Survey of Working Life 
Information collected every three years on New Zealanders’ employment conditions, working arrangements, and quality of working life.

Survey of Family, Income, and Employment
Find information on:

  • work, family, and household circumstances
  • income and net worth.

Business labour statistics

Quarterly Employment Survey 
This release provides statistics on employment in New Zealand. Find information on:

  • number of filled jobs and full-time equivalent jobs
  • total average weekly and average hourly earnings
  • total and average weekly paid hours.

Linked Employer-Employee Data 
Find information on job and worker flows, and total, mean, and median earnings for continuing jobs and new hires.

Data

Analyse the numbers.

Infoshare 
Select the following subject category from the Infoshare homepage for time-series information about New Zealand's employment and unemployment statistics.
Subject category: Work income and spending
Groups: HLF, QEX, LED, and UMP.

Find out more about Infoshare

Employment and unemployment tables 
Data on filled jobs by ANZSIC group, and on key labour force measures. These tables are available from NZ.Stat.

Find out more about NZ.Stat

National Labour Force Projections 
Projections of the New Zealand labour force by age and sex, based on different combinations of fertility, mortality, migration, and labour force participation assumptions. 

Reports and articles

Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.

Extended region and age series now available (published 2014)
The Household Labour Force Survey has expanded the release of two key classifications in response to user needs.

Future of the Household Labour Force Survey
A paper and poster produced for the NZ Association of Economists conference, July 2014.

Introducing seasonally adjusted weekly earnings data into the QES (published 2014)
On 6 November 2013 we introduced seasonally adjusted weekly earnings data into the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES). These series were released with the September 2013 quarter QES release.

New labour market data now available (published 2014)
This article outlines the three new labour market series now available. Two of the series expand our publication of regional labour market data and the third provides better insights into the composition of New Zealand's industries.

Labour market statistics in post-earthquake Canterbury (published 2014)
This article presents data from the 2013 Census which shows labour market statistics are unaffected by an increase in non-private dwellings in post-earthquake Canterbury.

Flexibility and security in employment: Findings from the 2012 Survey of Working Life (published 2014)
Presents findings on non-standard employment, job security, and job flexibility in New Zealand’s labour market.

How men and women have fared in the labour market since the 2008 recession (published 2014)
Paper describing the effects of the 2008 recession on the labour market outcomes of men and women. 

See more employment and unemployment articles

Information about data

Get technical information such as classifications used, survey design, and a glossary of statistical terms.

Household Labour Force Survey 
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the survey.

Quarterly Employment Survey 
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the survey, and how the information we gather is used.

Survey of Family, Income, and Employment 
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the survey, and how the information we gather is used.

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