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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.

Labour Market Statistics
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
  • the number of filled jobs and full-time equivalent jobs
  • total average weekly and average hourly earnings
  • total and average weekly paid hours
  • movements in base salary and ordinary time wage rates, and overtime wage rates.

Replaced the Household Labour Force Survey, Quarterly Employment Survey, and Labour Cost Index (Salary and Wage Rates) releases in 2015.

Household Labour Force Survey 
We discontinued this release in 2015 and replaced it with Labour Market Statistics.

Quarterly Employment Survey 
We discontinued this release in 2015 and replaced it with Labour Market Statistics. 

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.

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.

Household Labour Force Survey population rebase from 2013 Census: Includes regional benchmarks (published 2015)
This paper informs Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) users about the effect of the population rebase that followed the 2013 Census. This includes the introduction of regional population benchmarks to our sample weights. 

Mothers in the New Zealand workforce (published 2015)
This paper takes an initial look at how mothers' and non-mothers' engagement with the labour market has changed over the last 20 years.

A guide to unemployment statistics (second edition) (published 2014)
Paper that provides guidance to data users on the different features of four unemployment measures. It is intended to aid users in choosing the correct unemployment measure to suit their needs.

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 (published 2014)
A paper and poster produced for the NZ Association of Economists conference, July 2014.

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 sources and methods: 2015 (published February 2015)
Gives a technical description of the new sample design for the HLFS, and details on collection methodology, estimation and imputation methodology, and coding and processing.

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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