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No.197
28 November 2003

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by the Editors of
The Jobs Letter


Who have been the winners and losers in our latest economic recovery?

Our economy has created 218,000 jobs since June 1998 (when the recovery in employment levels started to take off).

In this special feature, The Jobs Letter takes a look at who has been getting the jobs, and in what regions and sectors.

To do this, we have compared the figures for who were in work in June 1998, with the figures for September 2003.

Some trends :

despite young people under 25 years making up 36% of the unemployed, this age group has only taken up 13% of the new jobs since June 1998.

71% of the new jobs have gone to people aged 45 years and over.

just over a third of the new jobs have gone to Maori and Pacific people

some regions are doing very well, most notably Canterbury (an increase in jobs of 27%) and Wanganui/Manawatu (24%).

but there has been little jobs growth in Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast and Southland.

when we look at a breakdown of the new jobs by economic sector, we see that the Health and Community Services sector has increased its workforce by 39%, while Manufacturing has decreased by 4%.

Source Statistics New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey for June 2003





September 2003

Who's Got The Jobs?


EMPLOYED AND UNEMPLOYED

THE EMPLOYED
thousands (000) June 98 Sept 03 difference
Total Employed
(seasonally adjusted)
1,721 1,939 218
Men 948 1052 104
Women 773 887 114
Full Time
(thirty hours or more)
1,320 1,502 182
Part Time
(fewer than thirty hours)
398 438 40


THE UNEMPLOYED
thousands (000) June 98 Sept 03 difference
Unemployment Rate
(seasonally adjusted)
7.6% 4.4% -3.2%
Total Unemployed
(seasonally adjusted)
131 88 -43
% of 15-24 yr olds
unemployed
35% 36% 1%


AGE,MAORI & PACIFIC

THE EMPLOYED (by Age Group & Maori and Pacific)
thousands (000) June 98 Sept 03 difference % of total
Total Employed
(not adjusted)
1,716.3 1,928.3 212.0
15-24 yr olds 295.3 322.8 27.5 13%
25-44 yr olds 851.2 885.5 34.3 16%
45+ yr olds 569.8 720.0 150.2 71%
Maori and Pacific People 201.6 272.9 71.3 34%


EMPLOYED BY REGION

THE EMPLOYED (by Region)
thousands (000) June 98 Sept 03 difference % of total
Northland 51.7 53.4 1.7 +3%
Auckland 525.5 589.7 64.2 +12%
Waikato 152.9 180.3 27.4 +18%
Bay of Plenty 93.3 105.6 12.3 +13
Gisborne-Hawkes Bay 79.3 84.4 5.1 +6%
Taranaki 43.9 51.9 8.0 +18%
Wanganui-Manawatu 89.2 110.8 21.6 +24%
Wellington 239.4 240.5 1.1 +0%
Nelson-Marlborough-West Coast 79.5 79 -0.5 -1%
Canterbury 226.3 288.2 61.9 +27%
Otago 85.4 97 11.6 +14%
Southland 49.8 47.4 -2.4 -5%
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EMPLOYED BY SECTOR

THE EMPLOYED (by Sector)
thousands (000) June 98 Sept 03 difference % of total
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 139.5 151 11.5 +8%
Manufacturing 286 273.3 -12.7 -4%
Construction 111.9 142.6 30.7 +27%
Wholesale & Retail 377.9 444.2 66.3 +18%
Transport, Storage
& Communication
100.9 114.7 13.8 +14%
Business & Financial Services 243.1 248.4 5.3 2%
Education 128.1 160 31.9 +25%
Health & Community Services 125 174.2 49.2 +39%
Other Services 184.5 203.3 18.8 +10%

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Latest Figures
September 2003


THE EMPLOYED


THE UNEMPLOYED


EMPLOYED BY AGE GROUP AND MAORI & PACIFIC


EMPLOYED BY REGION


EMPLOYED BY SECTOR



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