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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:

Latest news

Introducing seasonally adjusted weekly earnings data into the QES
We are introducing seasonally adjusted weekly earnings data into the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES). These series will be released with the upcoming September 2013 quarter QES release, on Wednesday, 6 November.

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. 

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.


Analyse the numbers.

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.

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

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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.

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.

Building a story of Canterbury employment (published 2013)
Offers advice to technical users of labour market data on how to interpret recent trends in our published Canterbury data.

Employed migrants in New Zealand report high-quality working life (published 2013)
Discusses the work conditions of different migrant-status groups using data from the Survey of Working Life.  

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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.