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Employment & unemployment - at a Glance

Published: 4 February 2010


This report presents Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) results for the December 2009 quarter.  The HLFS was released by Statistics New Zealand on 4 February 2010.

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The December 2009 quarter HLFS showed the labour market continued to weaken with the unemployment rate rising to 7.3% - its highest level in 10 years.   The increase in the unemployment rate was driven by an unexpected increase in the participation rate and strong population growth.  Employment held up better than expected, only falling by 0.1% in the December 2009 quarter.

Labour Market Summary


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Related information

Household Labour Force Survey data from Statistics New Zealand [external link]

Quick facts about the labour market

Future updates

This is a regular report – the next update is due in May 2010. Reports from previous periods can be found in archive

Author or contact details

For further information please contact the Labour Market Analysis team