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National Labour Force Projections: 2001 (base) - 2051
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  26 September 2005
Highlights

The following highlights are based on series 5M: medium fertility, medium mortality, long-range annual net migration of 10,000 and medium labour force participation.

  • New Zealand's labour force is projected to peak at 2.39 million in the mid-2020s, before declining slightly to 2.38 million in 2051.
  • Half the New Zealand labour force will be older than 42 years in 2012, compared with a median age of 39 years in 2001 and 36 years in 1991.
  • In 1991 there were two people aged 25–44 years in the labour force for every one person aged 45–64 years. By 2013 these age groups will be equal in number.
  • The labour force aged 65 years and over is expected to increase from an estimated 25,000 in 1991 and 38,000 in 2001 to 102,000 in 2021.
 

 Graph, New Zealand Labour Force.

Graph, Age Distribution of Labour Force.

 
Brian Pink 26 September 2005
Government Statistician Cat 31.900 Set 05/06 – 044
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