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Household Labour Force Survey: December 2013 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  05 February 2014
Key facts

In the December 2013 quarter compared with the September 2013 quarter:

  • The number of people employed increased by 24,000 people. 
  • The employment rate rose 0.3 percentage points, to 64.7 percent.
  • The number of people unemployed decreased by 2,000 people.
  • The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points, to 6.0 percent.
  • The labour force participation rate increased 0.3 percentage points, to 68.9 percent.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

December 2013 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  (Percent) 
Employed 2,297 +1.1 +3.0
Unemployed    147  -1.3  -8.9
Not in the labour force 1,103  -0.5  -1.0
Working-age population 3,547 +0.5 +1.2
(Percent)  (Percentage points) 
Employment rate  64.7 +0.3  +1.1
Unemployment rate    6.0  -0.2   -0.8
Labour force participation rate  68.9 +0.3  +0.7
 
Graph, Employment rate, quarterly, December 2009 to December 2013. Graph, Unemployment rate, quarterly, December 2008 to December 2013.
 

Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician

5 February 2014
ISSN 1178-0487

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