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2013 Census ethnic group profiles:
American

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Labour force

Labour force

For people aged 15 years and over identifying with the American ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • Of the 9,918 people aged 15 years and over, 72.6 percent (7,203 people) were in the labour force. This was higher than in 2006 (71.6 percent).
  • 76.9 percent of men and 69.3 percent of women were in the labour force.
  • Those aged 30–64 years were most likely to be in the labour force (73.4 percent).
  • Those aged 65 years and over were least likely to be in the labour force (4.5 percent).
  • Those born in New Zealand had a lower rate of labour force participation (66.2 percent) than those born overseas (73.0 percent).
 
Work and labour force status
American and European ethnic groups, and New Zealand population aged 15 years and over
2006 and 2013 Censuses
 
  American European NZ population
  2006 2013 2006 2013 2006 2013
Work and labour force status Percent
Employed full-time 52.4 52.4 50.4 49.3 50.1 48.0
Employed part-time 15.3 15.7 15.6 15.2 14.9 14.3
Total people, employed 67.6 68.1 65.9 64.5 65.0 62.3
Unemployed 4.0 4.5 2.7 3.7 3.5 4.8
Total people, labour force 71.6 72.6 68.7 68.2 68.5 67.1
Not in the labour force 28.3 27.4 31.3 31.8 31.5 32.9
Total people 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Source: Statistics New Zealand


Unemployment

For people in the labour force aged 15 years and over identifying with the American ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 6.2 percent were unemployed, up from 5.6 percent in 2006.
  • Those aged 30–64 years were most likely to be unemployed (57.0 percent).

Employment

For employed people aged 15 years and over identifying with the American ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 77.0 percent (5,199 people) were employed full time (30 or more hours per week). This was a decrease from 77.5 percent in 2006.
  • 66.7 percent of those born in New Zealand were employed full time, compared with 77.4 percent of those born overseas.
  • Men were more likely than women to be in full-time employment, at 86.1 percent and 69.1 percent, respectively.

Occupation

For employed people aged 15 years and over identifying with the American ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • The most common occupations were: professionals (42.5 percent or 2,736 people), managers (17.8 percent), and clerical and administrative workers (10.7 percent).
  • Both men and women were most likely to be employed as professionals, at 44.0 percent and 41.2 percent, respectively.

Occupation for employed American ethnic group aged 15 years and over
By sex
2013 Census
Occupations (ANZSCO) for employed specified ethnic group aged 15 years and over, by sex, 2013 Census


Industry

For employed people aged 15 years and over identifying with the American ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • The most common industries worked in were: education and training (15.7 percent or 1,029 people), professional, scientific and technical services (14.4 percent), and health care and social assistance (11.6 percent).
  • Men were most likely to work in the professional, scientific and technical services industry (16.2 percent), and women were most likely to work in the education and training industry (18.0 percent).
Industry
American and European ethnic groups, and New Zealand employed population aged 15 years and over
2013 Census
 
  American European NZ population
Industry(1) Percent
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 3.3 7.3 6.7
Mining 0.3 0.3 0.3
Manufacturing 6.0 9.0 9.8
Electricity, gas, water and waste services 0.5 0.7 0.7
Construction 3.1 8.5 8.0
Wholesale trade 3.5 5.1 5.0
Retail trade 7.4 9.5 9.8
Accommodation and food services 6.0 4.8 5.8
Transport, postal and warehousing 1.8 4.0 4.3
Information media and telecommunications 3.7 1.9 1.8
Financial and insurance services 2.7 3.6 3.6
Rental, hiring and real estate services 2.2 2.8 2.6
Professional, scientific and technical services 14.4 9.3 8.7
Administrative and support services 3.3 3.1 3.4
Public administration and safety 5.8 5.2 5.1
Education and training 15.7 8.8 8.4
Health care and social assistance 11.6 9.8 10.0
Arts and recreation services 3.3 2.0 1.9
Other services 5.4 4.2 4.0
Total people 100.0 100.0 100.0

1. Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06 V1.0).
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Status in employment

For employed people aged 15 years and over identifying with the American ethnic group and living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 4.3 percent were employers, down from 5.6 percent in 2006.
  • Men were more likely than women to be self-employed without employees, with 15.6 percent and 14.9 percent, respectively.
Status in employment
American and European ethnic groups, and New Zealand employed population aged 15 years and over
2006 and 2013 Censuses

  American European NZ population
  2006 2013 2006 2013 2006 2013
Status in employment Percent
Paid employee 75.5 77.8 77.1 77.7 78.4 79.4
Employer 5.6 4.3 7.9 7.3 7.4 6.6
Self-employed and without employees 16.6 15.2 12.9 13.1 12.2 12.1
Unpaid family worker 2.4 2.5 2.0 2.0 2.1 1.9
Total people 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Source: Statistics New Zealand


Note: Work and labour force information relates to the seven days ending 5 March 2006 and 3 March 2013.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in text, tables, and graphs. The accuracy of percentages may be affected by this rounding, particularly for ethnic groups with small populations.

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