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24 May 2004

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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



March 2004

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 March 2004 .


Official Unemployment in NZ

ONE IN TWENTY THREE PEOPLE OFFICIALLY UNEMPLOYED IN NZ

OFFICIAL NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED IN NZ
March 2004 seasonally adjusted
87,000 people

Numbers of Unemployed
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OFFICIAL RATE OF UNEMPLOYED
March 2004 seasonally adjusted
4.3%
OR ONE IN 23 PEOPLE

Unemployment Rate
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RISE IN NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED
IN LAST THREE MONTHS

December 2003 to March 2004
2,000 people

. DROP IN NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED
IN THE LAST YEAR

March 2003 to March 2004
11,900 people

Source Statistics NZ
OFFICIALLY UNEMPLOYED IN THE REGIONS
March 2004
NORTHLAND 4.2% or one in 24 people
AUCKLAND 4.4% or one in 23 people
WAIKATO 3.9% or one in 26 people
BAY OF PLENTY 6.7% or one in 15 people
GISBORNE - HAWKES BAY 5.7% or one in 18 people
TARANAKI 5.1% or one in 20 people
WANGANUI - MANAWATU 5.9% or one in 17 people
WELLINGTON 4.7% or one in 21 people
NELSON - MARLBOROUGH TASMAN - WEST COAST 2.7% or one in 37 people
CANTERBURY 4.4% or one in 23 people
OTAGO 4.4% or one in 23 people
SOUTHLAND 2.9% or one in 34 people
Source Statistics NZ


REGIONS WITH A DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT
IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS

December 2003 to March 2004
Northland
Waikato
Wellington
Nelson/Marlborough/
Tasman/West Coast
Otago
Southland

REGIONS WITH NO CHANGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT
Gisborne/Hawkes Bay

REGIONS WITH A RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT

Auckland
Bay of Plenty
Taranaki
Wanganui/Manawatu
Canterbury



Registrations at Ministry of Social Development
(formerly Winz)

PEOPLE REGISTERED AS JOB SEEKERS
WITH MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

March 2004
117,919

NOTIFIED VACANCIES
for month of March 2004
Figures Unavailable

Source Ministry of Social Development



The Underemployed

March 2004
85,400 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
March 2004 seasonally adjusted
1,956,000 people

Numbers of Employed
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RISE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JOBS IN LAST 3 MONTHS
December 2003 to March 2004
17,000

RISE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JOBS IN LAST YEAR
March 2003 to March 2004
61,000 people

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


SECTORS WITH A DROP IN EMPLOYMENT IN LAST YEAR
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing.



Full-time and Part-time

GAIN IN FULL-TIME EMPLOYED
IN THE PAST YEAR

March 2003 to March 2004
46,000 people

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

March 2003 to March 2004
5,000 people

Part Time Employment
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... Full-time Part-time
Men 954,900 (89%) 115,900 (11%)
Women 589,000 (65%) 299,200 (34%)
Total 1,543,900 415,100
Overall % 79% 21%
Source Statistics NZ



Global Unemployment Rates

SPAIN 11.2%
FRANCE 9.3%
GERMANY 9.4%
ITALY 8.5%
CANADA 7.4%
OECD AVERAGE 6.9%
UNITED STATES 5.6%
AUSTRALIA 5.9%
JAPAN 5.0%
BRITAIN 4.8%
NEW ZEALAND 4.3%


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 THIRTEEN 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
March 2004
166,200 people

OFFICIAL RATE OF JOBLESS
March 2004
7.8%
OR ONE IN 14 PEOPLE

RISE IN NUMBER OF JOBLESS
IN LAST THREE MONTHS

December 2003 to March 2004
200

DROP IN NUMBER OF JOBLESS
IN THE LAST YEAR

March 2003 to March 2004
8,400 people

Source Statistics NZ
JOBLESS IN THE REGIONS
March 2004
NORTHLAND 10.2% or one in 10 people
AUCKLAND 7.3% or one in 14 people
WAIKATO 6.6% or one in 15 people
BAY OF PLENTY 10.3 or one in 10 people
GISBORNE - HAWKES BAY 10.3% or one in 10 people
TARANAKI 9.5% or one in 11 people
WANGANUI - MANAWATU 9.5 or one in 11 people
WELLINGTON 7.8% or one in 13 people
NELSON - MARLBOROUGH TASMAN - WEST COAST 5.6% or one in 18 people
CANTERBURY 7.2% or one in 14 people
OTAGO 8.6% or one in 12 people
SOUTHLAND 6.2% or one in 16 people
Source Statistics NZ



Labour Force Participation Rate

LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE
March 2004
66.6%


Source Statistics NZ


Race / Ethnic

MAORI RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
March 2004
9.4%
or one in 11 Maori people

PACIFIC ISLAND RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
March 2004
7.9%
or one in 13 Pacific Island people

NZ EUROPEAN (PAKEHA) RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
March 2004
3.4%
or one in 29 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

March 2004
12.7%
or one in 8 young people

MATURE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
-- AGED 50-65 YEARS

March 2004
3.2%
or one in 31 mature people

LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED (over 6 months)
March 2004
14,500 people
16% or one in 6 of the unemployed

LONGER-TERM UNEMPLOYED (over 2 years)
March 2004
2,700 people
3% or one in 35 of the unemployed

VERY LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED (over 5 years)
March 2004
1,100 people
1% or one in 85 of the unemployed

Source Statistics NZ


The Schemes and Subsidised Jobs

TASKFORCE GREEN 806
JOB PLUS 104
JOB PLUS MAORI 3,736
JOB CONNECTION 75
ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE 58
ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE
with capitalisation
180
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME
(TOPS) COURSES)
7,200 people
YOUTH TRAINING (T.E.C.) 4,844 people
LIMITED SERVICE VOLUNTEERS
(Army)
170 people
CONSERVATION CORPS 1,364 people
YOUTH SERVICE CORPS 224 people
ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY
(still counted as unemployed)
532

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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