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A guide to unemployment statistics (second edition)

A guide to unemployment statistics provides guidance to data users on the different features of four unemployment measures. It is intended to aid users in choosing the correct unemployment measure to suit their needs.

This guide explores four measures of unemployment in New Zealand: persons unemployed and jobless from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS); and jobseeker support – work ready and the job seekers register from the Ministry of Social Development. Each of these indicators has a different purpose, as well as different definitions, timings, and qualities.

This guide gives an overview of each indicator, what they measure, how they differ from each other, and how they can best be used. The HLFS unemployment measure is best used when an official measure of unemployment in New Zealand is required. The three other measures are more useful when looking at specific aspects of unemployment.

This guide replaces the first edition, published in May 2010.

Acknowledgement
Statistics NZ would like to thank the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for all their input into this guide.

Citation
Statistics New Zealand (2014). A guide to unemployment statistics (second edition). Available from www.stats.govt.nz.

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ISBN 978-0-478-42912-1 (online)

For more information contact: 
Magdalen Harris 
Wellington 04 931 4600
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

Published 30 July 2014

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