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New labour market data now available

We aim to give New Zealand the statistical information it needs to grow and prosper. After reviewing how our customers use our data we have decided to publish three new labour market series. Two of the series expand our publication of regional labour market data and the third provides better insights into the composition of New Zealand's industries. The series comprise quarterly data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), and are available on Infoshare from 28 April 2014.

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

Youth not in employment, education, or training, by region

This series has been introduced to provide greater insights into regional labour market data, specifically for youth (those aged 15–24 years) not in employment, education or training (NEET). The series is called 'Youth NEET by Regional Council by Age', and allows our customers to better understand the different labour market outcomes for youth across New Zealand regional council areas. The available breakdowns for each regional council area include the number of NEET and the corresponding NEET rate for those aged 15–19 and 20–24 years.

This new series can be used alongside other labour market data already available within the HLFS suite of labour statistics such as 'Youth Labour Force and Education Status by Total Resp Ethnic Group by Age Group', and 'Youth Labour Force and Education Status by Total Resp Ethnic Group by Sex'.

Figure 1 shows the NEET rate for youth by regional council by youth age groups. In the year to the December 2013 quarter, the NEET rate for all regions was 11.9 percent.

All of the figures in this article are interactive. You can toggle the series on and off by clicking the series key.

Figure 1 

Note: Rates with NEET levels less than 1,000 have been suppressed and are shown as blanks.

Most noticeably, the NEET rate for those aged 20–24 years is higher than for those aged 15–19 years in all regions.

Ethnic labour market outcomes by region

This series has been introduced to provide greater insights into regional labour market data, specifically for New Zealand's main ethnic groups. The series is called 'Labour Force Status by Total Response Ethnic Group by Regional Council', and allows our customers to better understand labour market outcomes of New Zealand's main ethnic groups by adding a regional council breakdown to our standard labour force status variable.

It is useful to understand where in New Zealand our ethnic groups are situated and how their labour market outcomes vary by regional council. This new series can be used alongside other labour market data such as 'Labour Force Status by Sex by Regional Council', and the new series 'Youth NEET by Regional Council by Age'.

Figure 2 shows the employment rate for New Zealand's main ethnic groups in the main regional council areas. In the year to the December 2013 quarter, the overall employment rate in New Zealand was 64.0 percent.

Figure 2 

 

There is more regional variation in our employment rate estimates for the Māori, Pacific, and Asian ethnic groups when compared with Europeans.

Types of employment by industry

This series has been introduced to provide greater insights into the composition of New Zealand industries. The series is called 'Persons Employed by Employment Status by Industry', and allows our customers to better understand the structure of each industry's workforce by being able to break down industry employment by status of employment; that is, wage or salary earners, employers, and those self-employed.

It is useful to understand the composition of the workforce and the structure of employment in different industries to make distinctions between owners or non-owners of businesses. This new series can be used alongside other labour market data already available such as 'Persons Employed by Sex by Employment Status', and 'Persons Employed by Sex by Industry'.

Figure 3 shows the proportion of employed persons by employment status by industry. In the year to the December 2013 quarter, roughly six out of every seven people employed are wage and salary earners.

Figure 3 

Note: Values less than 1,000 have been suppressed and are shown as blanks.

As a proportion of its total workforce, the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry has the lowest proportion of wage or salary earners, while the public administration and safety industry has the highest proportion.

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:

  • Youth NEET by Regional Council by Age
  • Labour Force Status by Ethnic Group by Regional Council
  • Persons Employed by Employment Status by Industry, ANZSIC06

For more information contact:
Auren Clarke or Daniel Frischknecht
Wellington 04 931 4600
Email: info@stats.govt.nz


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

Published 28 April 2014
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