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National Employment Indicator: November and December 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 February 2012
Commentary

The national employment indicator (NEI) is an experimental monthly series that uses tax data to measure changes in the number of total filled jobs. The NEI provides an early indication of changes in total filled jobs over each month at the national level. It complements the current suite of labour market statistics produced by Statistics NZ (see Related links for more information).

The NEI measures filled jobs where employees were paid wages or salaries during the month. Data is available from July 2004. Regional, industry, and demographic breakdowns are not available for this series. We welcome feedback on this indicator. Email us at: info@stats.govt.nz.

The NEI series was developed using aggregated administrative data from employer monthly schedules from Inland Revenue.  People who had multiple jobs during the reference month are counted multiple times, once for each job. We recommend focusing on the changes and movements in the NEI series rather than the actual level of filled jobs.

This release includes new data for two months (November and December, 2011). The November data was released later than usual due to delays in processing and production caused by the holiday period. November data will be finalised in March while December data will be finalised in April.

Filled jobs up annually for 20th consecutive month

Compared with the previous month, seasonally adjusted filled jobs:

  • increased slightly (up 0.2 percent) in November 2011 compared with October 2011
  • remained relatively flat (down 0.1 percent) in December 2011 compared with November 2011. 

Compared with the previous year, seasonally adjusted filled jobs:  

  • were up 0.8 percent in November 2011 compared with November 2010
  • were up 0.7 percent in December 2011 compared with December 2010. 

 Graph, Filled jobs, July 2004 to December 2011.
For more detailed data, see the Excel table in the ‘Downloads’ section.

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