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Appendix 2: Definitions of terms used in this report

Adult: a person who is usually resident in New Zealand and is aged 15 years or over.

Child: a person who is usually resident in New Zealand and is below 15 years of age.

Crime: includes damage to personal property, theft, assault, and threats. A violent crime is when violence is used, or there is a threat of violence.

Disabled person: someone with an impairment that had a long-term, limiting effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. ‘Long-term’ is defined as six months or longer. ‘Limiting effect’ means a restriction or lack of ability to perform. People were not considered to have a disability if an assistive device (such as glasses or crutches) eliminated their impairment.

Discrimination: to be discriminated against means to be treated unfairly or differently from other people.

Employed: People in the working-age population who, during the week ended 3 March 2013, did at least one of the following:

  • worked for pay, profit, or income for an hour or more
  • worked without pay in a family business or family farm
  • usually worked in a job, business, or farm but were not working during the week ended 3 March 2013 for some reason.

Employed full-time: usually working 30 or more hours per week.

Employed part-time: usually working fewer than 30 hours per week.

Employment rate: the number of employed people as a percentage of the number of people in the working-age population.

Labour force: people in the working-age population who during the week ended 3 March 2013 were either 'employed' or 'unemployed'.

Labour force participation rate: the number or people in the labour force as a percentage of the number in the working-age population.

Not in the labour force: people of working age who were neither employed nor unemployed. This includes those who: were retired; had personal or family responsibilities, such as unpaid housework and childcare; attended at least one educational institution; were permanently unable to work; were temporarily unavailable for work in the week ended 3 March 2013; were not actively seeking work.

Unemployed: people in the working-age population who, during the week ended 3 March 2013, were without a paid job and:

  • were available for work and had actively sought work in the four weeks ended 3 March 2013
  • had a new job to start within the next four weeks.

If a person’s only job search method was to read job advertisements then they are not considered to be actively seeking work.

Unemployment rate: the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the number of people in the labour force.

Working-age population: the usually resident, non-institutionalised, civilian population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over on census night.

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