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Labour Market Statistics: December 2014 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  04 February 2015
Key facts

Employment at a glance

  • Unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent as labour force grows.
  • Employment growth continues to outpace population growth over the year.
  • NEET rate for women lowest since series began.

All figures are seasonally adjusted.

Employment at a glance
Dec 2014 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000)  Percent
Employed 2,375 +1.2 +3.5
Unemployed    143 +5.8 -2.6
Filled jobs 1,800 +0.1  +2.5
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate  65.7 +0.4 +1.0
Unemployment rate 5.7 +0.3 -0.3
Labour force participation rate 69.7 +0.7 +0.9

Wages at a glance

  • Wage growth remains steady.
  • Higher proportion of positions have pay increases.
  • Wage growth remains above consumer price inflation.
 Wages at a glance

Dec 2014 quarter

Quarterly change Annual change
Level Percent

Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors      1102 +0.5 +1.8
Private sector 1106 +0.5 +1.8
Public sector 1090 +0.5  +1.2
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $28.77 +0.5 +2.6
Average ordinary time weekly earnings (by FTE)  $1,079.33 +1.1 +2.5

On 31 March 2015, we revised the estimates from the Household Labour Force Survey in this Labour Market information release to account for the latest population estimates following the 2013 Census. We also introduced regional benchmarks to help improve the quality of our regional labour force estimates.

See Household Labour Force Survey population rebase from 2013 Census: Includes regional benchmarks for more information. 

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

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