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No.197
28 November 2003

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1999 Incomes Report

Work

Employed and Unemployed

Part-Time and Full-Time Work

Income

Sources of Income

Income from the Market

Income from Benefits

Distribution of Gross Income

Distribution of Market Income

Distribution of Benefits

Age

Employment and Age

Income and Age

Benefits and Age

Ethnic

Income and Ethnic
Benefits and Ethnic

Education

Employment and Education

Benefits and Education

"Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor"

The Jobs Letter commentary on the 1999 Incomes Report

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A Microsoft Excel file
of all the data behind these figures can be downloaded from here.

Employment and
Unemployment in NZ



September 2003

The official unemployed rates are an internationally recognised figure for unemployment based on the Household Labour Force Survey run by Statistics New Zealand.
These are the latest figures for September 2003 .


Official Unemployment in NZ

ONE IN TWENTY THREE PEOPLE OFFICIALLY UNEMPLOYED IN NZ

OFFICIAL NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED IN NZ
September 2003 seasonally adjusted
88,000 people

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OFFICIAL RATE OF UNEMPLOYED
September 2003 seasonally adjusted
4.4%
OR ONE IN 23 PEOPLE

DROP IN NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED
IN LAST THREE MONTHS

June 2003 to September 2003
6,000 people

. DROP IN NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED
IN THE LAST YEAR

September 2002 to September 2003
19,000 people

Source Statistics NZ
OFFICIALLY UNEMPLOYED IN THE REGIONS
September 2003
NORTHLAND 8.3% or one in 12 people
AUCKLAND 3.4% or one in 29 people
WAIKATO 3.2 or one in 31 people
BAY OF PLENTY 5.0% or one in 20 people
GISBORNE - HAWKES BAY 5.2% or one in 19 people
TARANAKI 5.0% or one in 20 people
WANGANUI - MANAWATU 5.2% or one in 19 people
WELLINGTON 4.8% or one in 21 people
NELSON - MARLBOROUGH TASMAN - WEST COAST 3.8% or one in 26 people
CANTERBURY 4.4% or one in 23 people
OTAGO 5.9% or one in 17 people
SOUTHLAND 2.9% or one in 34 people
Source Statistics NZ


REGIONS WITH A DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT
IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS

September 2002 to September 2003
Auckland
Bay of Plenty
Waikato
Taranaki
Southland

REGIONS WITH NO CHANGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT
Wellington
Canterbury

REGIONS WITH A RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT
Northland
Gisborne/Hawkes Bay
Wanganui/Manawatu
Nelson/Marlborough/
Tasman/West Coast
Otago



Registrations at Ministry of Social Development
(formerly Winz)

PEOPLE REGISTERED AS JOB SEEKERS
WITH MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

September 2003
138,334

NOTIFIED VACANCIES
for month of September 2003
Figures Unavailable

Source Ministry of Social Development



The Underemployed

September 2003
104,300 people

According to Statistics NZ, the underemployed are workers who are employed part time but would prefer to work more hours



The Employed

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JOBS IN NEW ZEALAND
September 2003 seasonally adjusted
1,939,000 people

RISE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JOBS IN LAST 3 MONTHS
June 2002 to September 2003
26,000

RISE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JOBS IN LAST YEAR
September 2002 to September 2003
61,000 people

SECTORS WITH A RISE IN EMPLOYMENT IN LAST YEAR
Wholesale & Retail Trade, Construction, Education, Health & Community Services, Transport, Storage & Communication,


SECTORS WITH A DROP IN EMPLOYMENT IN LAST YEAR
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Manufacturing, Business & Financial



Full-time and Part-time

GAIN IN FULL-TIME EMPLOYED
IN THE PAST YEAR

September 2002 to September 2003
51,000 people

Full Time Employment
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GAIN IN PART-TIME EMPLOYED
IN THE PAST YEAR

September 2002 to September 2003
10,000 people

Part Time Employment
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... Full-time Part-time
Men 922,200 (88%) 121,500 (12%)
Women 560,200 (63%) 324,300 (37%)
Total 1,482,400 445,900
Overall % 77% 23%
Source Statistics NZ



Global Unemployment Rates

SPAIN 11.4%
GERMANY 9.4%
FRANCE 9.4%
ITALY 8.5%
CANADA 8.0%
OECD AVERAGE 7.1%
UNITED STATES 6.1%
AUSTRALIA 5.8%
JAPAN 5.1%
BRITAIN 5.0%
NEW ZEALAND 4.4%


Officially Jobless

"Those without a job
and wanting a job ..."

These are the statistics that are more commonly used by community workers and employment activists in New Zealand because they more accurately reflect the people who are their concern or clients.

These "Jobless" figures are also based on the Household Labour Force Survey run by Statistics NZ, but include a wider definition of unemployment, usually referred to "those without a job and wanting a job".

ONE IN TWELVE PEOPLE OFFICIALLY JOBLESS IN NZ

According to Statistics NZ, the difference between the official "unemployment" figures and the "jobless figures" is that many of the people on the jobless measurement are available for work, but not actively seeking it.

The reasons for not actively seeking work range from people being discouraged because they lack the skills needed, or were the wrong age, or that the right work was not available in their area, or they were only looking for jobs in their newspaper. This measurement also includes those actively seeking work but not yet available for it.

OFFICIAL NUMBER OF JOBLESS IN NZ
September 2003
151,000 people

OFFICIAL RATE OF JOBLESS
September 2003
7.3%
OR ONE IN 14 PEOPLE

DROP IN NUMBER OF JOBLESS
IN LAST THREE MONTHS

June 2003 to September 2003
10,700

DROP IN NUMBER OF JOBLESS
IN THE LAST YEAR

September 2002 to September 2003
25,600 people

Source Statistics NZ
JOBLESS IN THE REGIONS
September 2003
NORTHLAND 13.1% or one in 8 people
AUCKLAND 5.3% or one in 19 people
WAIKATO 5.9% or one in 17 people
BAY OF PLENTY 9.8 or one in 10 people
GISBORNE - HAWKES BAY 9.2% or one in 11 people
TARANAKI 8.4% or one in 12 people
WANGANUI - MANAWATU 9.4 or one in 11 people
WELLINGTON 7.5% or one in 13 people
NELSON - MARLBOROUGH TASMAN - WEST COAST 6.5% or one in 15 people
CANTERBURY 7.6% or one in 13 people
OTAGO 9.8% or one in 10 people
SOUTHLAND 6.8% or one in 15 people
Source Statistics NZ



Labour Force Participation Rate

LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE
September 2003
66.6%

Labour Force Participation Rate

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Source Statistics NZ


Race / Ethnic

MAORI RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
September 2003
9.7%
or one in 10 Maori people

PACIFIC ISLAND RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
September 2003
6.6%
or one in 15 Pacific Island people

NZ EUROPEAN (PAKEHA) RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
September 2003
3.3%
or one in 30 NZ European (Pakeha) people

Unemployment Rate
By Ethnic Group
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Source Statistics NZ


Age Rates and Long-term Unemployment

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
-- AGED 15-19 YEARS

September 2003
12.9%
or one in 8 young people

MATURE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
-- AGED 50-65 YEARS

September 2003
2.9%
or one in 34 mature people

LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED (over 6 months)
September 2003
21,500 people
24% or one in 4 of the unemployed

LONGER-TERM UNEMPLOYED (over 2 years)
September 2003
4,600 people
5% or one in 19 of the unemployed

VERY LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED (over 5 years)
September 2003
1,200 people
1% or one in 73 of the unemployed

Source Statistics NZ


The Schemes and Subsidised Jobs

TASKFORCE GREEN 349
JOB PLUS 4,140
JOB PLUS MAORI 89
JOB CONNECTION 73
ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE 79
ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE
with capitalisation
268
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME
(TOPS) COURSES)
8,205 people
YOUTH TRAINING (T.E.C.) 5,691 people
LIMITED SERVICE VOLUNTEERS
(Army)
118 people
CONSERVATION CORPS 630 people
YOUTH SERVICE CORPS 83 people
ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY
(still counted as unemployed)
752

Source figures from Ministry of Social Development (formerly Work & Income NZ),Tertiary Education Commission (formerly Skill NZ) and Youth Affairs


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OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT IN NEW ZEALAND

REGISTRATIONS AT WINZ

THE UNDER-EMPLOYED

THE EMPLOYED

FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME

GLOBAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

OFFICIALLY JOBLESS

LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE

RACE / ETHNIC UNEMPLOYMENT

AGE RATES AND LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT

SCHEMES AND SUBSIDISED JOBS

Long-Term Trends

Unemployment Seasonally adjusted

Unemployment Rate

Employment
Seasonally adjusted





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