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Household Labour Force Survey: March 2013 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 May 2013
Key facts

In the March 2013 quarter compared with the December 2012 quarter:

  • The employment rate increased to 63.7 percent, up 1.0 percentage points. 
  • The number of people employed increased by 38,000 (up 1.7 percent). 
  • The unemployment rate fell 0.6 percentage points, to 6.2 percent.
  • The number of people unemployed decreased by 15,000 people (down 9.1 percent). 
  • The labour force participation rate increased 0.6 percentage points, to 67.8 percent.
  • The number of people not in the labour force decreased by 19,000.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

March 2013 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  (Percent) 
Employed 2,234 +1.7 +0.3
Unemployed 146 -9.1 -9.1
Not in the labour force 1,128 -1.7 +3.5
Working-age population 3,508 +0.1 +0.9

 

(Percent)  (Percentage points) 
Employment rate 63.7 +1.0 -0.3

Unemployment rate

6.2 -0.6 -0.5
Labour force participation rate 67.8 +0.6 -0.8
 
Graph, Employment rate, quarterly, March 2009 to March 2013. Graph, Unemployment rate, quarterly, March 2009 to March 2013.
 

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

9 May 2013
ISSN 1178-0487

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