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Labour Market Statistics: September 2015 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  04 November 2015
Key facts

Labour market at a glance

  • Number employed fell for the first time in three years.
  • Unemployment rate increased to 6.0 percent.
  • Labour force participation rate falls further from record high in March 2015 quarter.
  • Annual wage inflation remained at 1.6 percent.
Employment at a glance(seasonally adjusted) Sep 2015 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  Percent
Working-age population 3,638  +0.6 +2.2 
Employed 2,347 -0.4 +1.5
Unemployed 151 +2.0 +10.5
Filled jobs 1,830 +0.7 +1.7
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate 64.5 -0.7 -0.5
Unemployment rate 6.0 +0.1 +0.4
Labour force participation rate 68.6 -0.7 -0.2
Wages at a glance Level  Percent
Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors 

 1114 +0.4  +1.6 

Private sector 

 1119  +0.4 +1.7 

Public sector 

 1098 +0.3 +1.2 
LCI analytical unadjusted  1203 +0.8 +2.7
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $29.29  +1.0  +2.3 
Hours at a glance(figures seasonally adjusted)    Level Percent
Average weekly paid hours for FTEs (QES) Ordinary time  37.75 +0.0  +0.7

Total

38.57   +0.1  +0.8
Total weekly paid hours (QES) 56.3 (million)   +0.9  +3.1
Total actual weekly hours worked (HLFS) 78.4 (million)  +0.4  +1.5 

 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2422-8699
4 November 2015

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