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Labour Market Statistics: June 2015 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  05 August 2015
Key facts

Employment at a glance

  • Unemployment rate rises to 5.9 percent.
  • Annual employment continues its period of growth, but quarterly growth falls behind working-age population growth.
  • Labour force participation rate falls 0.2 percentage points, after record high in March quarter.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

Employment at a glance
Jun 2015 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  Percent
Working-age population 3,618  +0.7  +2.2 
Employed 2,360 +0.3 +3.0
Unemployed 148 +1.9 +7.5
Filled jobs 1,816 -0.9 +1.9
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate 65.2 -0.3 +0.4
Unemployment rate 5.9 +0.1 +0.2
Labour force participation rate 69.3 -0.2 +0.6

Wages at a glance

  • Annual wage inflation at 1.6 percent.

 Wages at a glance

Jun 2015 quarter

Quarterly change Annual change
Level Percent

Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors      1110 +0.5 +1.6
Private sector 1115 +0.5 +1.8
Public sector 1095 +0.3 +1.2
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $29.01 +0.8 +2.8
Average ordinary time weekly earnings (by FTE)  $1,097.27 +1.1 +3.2

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2422-8699
5 August 2015

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