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Labour Market Statistics: June 2016 quarter (includes Household Labour Force Survey)
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  17 August 2016
Key facts

Labour market at a glance

  • Unemployment down to 5.1 percent in the June 2016 quarter.
  • Large increase in employment but partly reflects improvements to the HLFS, including better identification of self-employed people.
  • Wage inflation remains subdued.

 

Employment at a glance (seasonally adjusted)

Jun 2016
 quarter

Quarterly
change
Annual
change
(000)  Percent
Working-age population 3,716   +0.9 +2.7
Employed 2,460  +2.4 +4.5
Unemployed 131  -1.0 -4.6
Filled jobs 1,875  +0.3 +3.1
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate 66.2  +1.0 +1.1
Unemployment rate 5.1  -0.1 -0.4
Labour force participation rate 69.7  +0.9 +0.8
Wages at a glance Level  Percent
Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors 

 1127  +0.4  +1.5

Private sector 

 1133  +0.4 +1.6

Public sector 

 1109  +0.2 +1.3
LCI analytical unadjusted  1227  +0.7 +2.8
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $29.62  +0.5 +2.1
Hours at a glance (figures seasonally adjusted)  Level Percent
Average weekly paid hours for FTEs (QES) Ordinary time  37.69  +0.2  -0.1

Total

38.41   +0.2  -0.3
Total weekly paid hours (QES) 57.5 (million)   +0.2  +2.9
Total actual weekly hours worked (HLFS) 82.9 (million)   +2.5 +5.7

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2422-8699
17 August 2016

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