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Extended region and age series now available

The Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) has expanded the release of two key classifications in response to user needs.

Due to the effects of the ageing population on the labour market, we have expanded the five-year age bands to provide more detailed information on New Zealanders aged 65 and over. We have also added 10-year age bands in response to customer demand.

We have also included North Island and South Island breakdowns in our regional data to provide a brief snapshot on how the two islands are faring, compared with each other.

The series are available on Infoshare from 23 July 2014, and the latest data for the upcoming June 2014 HLFS release will be available on 6 August 2014.

Your feedback helps drive these developments and we welcome your comments on what we can do to keep improving our services. Email us: hlfs@stats.govt.nz.

New North Island and South Island regional breakdowns

We have expanded our region classification to include North Island and South Island breakdowns. In the past, our users have manually created this breakdown when they wanted to look at regional labour market statistics more broadly.

The North Island and South Island breakdowns will be available for our usual regional labour force status series, ‘Labour force status by sex by regional council’.

Two regional series were added last quarter to provide greater insight into regional labour market data and these have been updated to include the new breakdowns: ‘Labour force status by total response ethnic group by regional council’ and ‘Youth NEET by regional council by age’.

Figure 1

Figure 1 shows the unadjusted unemployment rates for the North Island and South Island over time. The gap between the North Island and South Island had increased to 3.1 percentage points in March 2014. The North Island most recently had an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent, with the South Island at 3.9 percent.

The widening gap between the unemployment rates of the North Island and South Island could reflect differences in demography between the two islands. For example, in March 2014, Māori and Pacific peoples accounted for over a fifth of the North Island working-age population, compared with around 1in 15 in the South Island. Māori and Pacific peoples typically have higher unemployment rates and younger age structures than other ethnicities.

Extended and new age bands

Older New Zealanders are becoming more active in the labour market. To reflect the increasing need for information on this demographic, we have decided to extend our five-year age bands to provide a more detailed understanding of the involvement of those aged over 65 in the labour market.

Two new age breakdowns have been introduced: ‘aged 65–69 years’, and ‘aged 70 years and over’. This data is available for the series ‘Labour force status by sex by age group’.

Due to customer demand, we have added new 10-year age bands alongside the extended five-year age bands. These span from ‘aged 15–24 years’ to ‘aged 65 years and over’. Like the five-year age bands, the 10-year groupings are also available for the series ‘Labour force status by sex by age group’.

Figure 2

Figure 2 shows the unadjusted labour force participation rate by sex and age over time. The labour force participation rates of the two newly introduced age groups have been increasing at a faster rate than that of the total population. In the March 2014 quarter, those aged 65–69 years have a participation rate of 41.7 percent, higher than the rate for 70 years and over (10.7 percent), but less than the total labour force, 69.6 percent.

Access the data now

Use infoshare

Infoshare allows you to organise data in the way that best meets your needs. To access the new series, select the following categories from the Infoshare homepage:

Subject category: Work, income and spending

Group: Household Labour Force Survey - HLF

Tables:

  • Labour force status by sex by age group
  • Labour force status by sex by regional council
  • Labour force status by ethnic group by regional council
  • Youth NEET by regional council by age

For more information contact:

Magdalen Harris
Wellington 04 931 4600
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

For general enquiries contact our Information Centre:

Phone: 0508 525 525 (toll-free in New Zealand)
+64 4 931 4600 (outside New Zealand)
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

 

Published 25 July 2014

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