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Labour Market Statistics: December 2015 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 February 2016
Key facts

Labour market at a glance

  • Unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent.
  • Labour force participation rate falls for third consecutive quarter.
  • Employment growth rises to 0.9 percent for the quarter.
  • Annual wage inflation lowest since March 2010.
Employment at a glance(seasonally adjusted) Dec 2015 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  Percent
Working-age population 3,656  +0.5 +2.3
Employed 2,369 +0.9 +1.3
Unemployed 133 -10.9 -6.7
Filled jobs 1,848 +1.0 +2.7
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate 64.8 +0.3 -0.6
Unemployment rate 5.3 -0.7 -0.5
Labour force participation rate 68.4 -0.3 -1.0
Wages at a glance Level  Percent
Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors 

 1119 +0.4  +1.5 

Private sector 

 1124 +0.4 +1.6

Public sector 

 1003 +0.5 +1.2 
LCI analytical unadjusted  1212 +0.7 +2.7
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $29.38 +0.3 +2.1
Hours at a glance (figures seasonally adjusted)  Level Percent
Average weekly paid hours for FTEs (QES) Ordinary time  37.88 +0.3  +1.0

Total

38.66   +0.2  +0.8
Total weekly paid hours (QES) 57.1 (million)   +1.4  +3.8
Total actual weekly hours worked (HLFS) 79.1 (million)  +1.0 +2.1

 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2422-8699
3 February 2016

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