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Joint MSD/DoL Quarterly Regional Labour Market Reports - At a glance

Published: 5 August 2010

Description: The Joint MSD/DoL Quarterly Regional Labour Market Reports provide regularly updated labour market information at a Regional Council level. Published following the release of the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), these reports provide timely and accurate labour market information at a regional level.

Full reports: The 12 Joint MSD/DoL Quarterly Regional Labour Market Reports can be viewed in HTML or PDF format below:

Summary

The regional reports convey key labour market information on twelve regions of New Zealand. They include annual trends in labour force participation rates, employment rates and unemployment rates from Statistics New Zealand’s Household Labour Force Survey and benefit figures from the Ministry of Social Development’s beneficiary records.

Key messages to emerge from the June 2010 quarter HLFS release are:

  • On an annualised basis, the labour force participation rate for the year ending June 2010 stood at 68.1%, down from the record high of 68.6% for the year ending June 2009.
  • Regionally, the labour force participation rate fell in six of the 12 regional council areas between the year ended June 2009 and June 2010.  The rate grew the most in the Taranaki region (up by 1.4 percentage points from 67.2% to 68.6%).  Drops in the participation rate were most significant in the Waikato region (down 2.3 percentage points from 70.1% to 67.9%)
  • For all regions, employment fell by 1.1% for the year ending June 2010.  The largest drops in employment were in Waikato, where employment fell by 6.5% for the year ending June 2010, and Tasman/Nelson-Marlborough/West Coast, where it fell by 2.8%.  However, Otago posted especially strong growth for the year, growing by 12.1% from the previous year.  The only other region to see employment grow over the year was Northland, which saw 0.7% growth for the year ending June 2010. 
  • The annual average employment rate nationally decreased from 65.2% in the year ended June 2009 to 63.6% in the year ended June 2010. Annual average employment rates fell for most regions, except for small increases in the Taranaki and the Southland regions (up by 0.3 percentage points each).  The largest fall was in Waikato (down by 2.5 points to 63.9% for the year ending June 2010). 
  • The highest employment rate for the year ended June 2010 was in Southland (69.9%), followed by Wellington (66.5%) and Canterbury (66.0%). 
  • The unemployment rate was highest in Northland, which saw a 9.3% unemployment rate for the year ended June 2010, and Gisborne/Hawke's Bay (8.4%).  Auckland and Bay of Plenty had an unemployment rate of 7.8% for the year ended June 2010.  The lowest unemployment rates were in Southland (3.9%), and Tasman/Nelson-Marlborough/West Coast (4.2%).
  • The annual average unemployment rate rose in all of the country’s 12 regions, with the South Island registering a lower rise (0.9 percentage points) compared with the Manawatu-Wanganui (2.7 points).

Related information

Related links:
Underlying information in the Joint MSD/DoL Quarterly Regional Labour Market Reports was sourced from:

An in-depth analysis of regional labour markets in the Annual In Depth Regional Reports

Further context and interpretation of labour market data can be found in Labour Market Reports.

Future updates:

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

Author/Contact details:

For further information please contact the Labour Market Analysis team