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Labour Market Statistics: March 2015 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  06 May 2015
Key facts

Employment at a glance

  • Unemployment rate unchanged at 5.8 percent.
  • Labour force participation at all-time high.
  • Male employment rate highest since December 2008 quarter. 

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

Employment at a glance
Mar 2015 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  Percent
Employed 2,355 +0.7 +3.2
Unemployed 146 +2.1 -0.6
Filled jobs 1,832 +1.8 +3.3
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate 65.5 0.0 +0.7
Unemployment rate 5.8 0.0 -0.2
Labour force participation rate 69.6 +0.2 +0.6

Wages at a glance

  • Annual wage growth remains steady. 
  • Wage growth remains above consumer price inflation.
 Wages at a glance

Mar 2015 quarter

Quarterly change Annual change
Level Percent

Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors      1105 +0.3 +1.7
Private sector 1109 +0.3 +1.8
Public sector 1092 +0.2 +1.2
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $28.77 0.0 +2.1
Average ordinary time weekly earnings (by FTE)  $1,085.48 +0.7 +2.0

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2422-8699
6 May 2015

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