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Labour Market Statistics: December 2016 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  01 February 2017
Key facts

Labour market at a glance

  • Labour force participation continued to grow.
  • Employment growth remained strong.
  • Unemployment rate rose to 5.2 percent.
  • Wage growth steady.

 

Employment at a glance (seasonally adjusted)

Dec 2016
 quarter

Quarterly
change
Annual
change
(000)  Percent
Working-age population 3,755 +0.5 +2.7
Employed 2,510 +0.8 +5.8
Unemployed 139 +7.6 +12.2
Filled jobs 1,909 +1.2 +3.3
Percent Percentage points 
Employment rate 66.9 +0.2 +2.0
Unemployment rate 5.2 +0.3 +0.3
Labour force participation rate 70.5 +0.4 +2.2
Wages at a glance Index Percent
Wage inflation (salary and wage rates, including overtime)

All sectors 

 1137 +0.4 +1.6

Private sector 

1142 +0.4 +1.6

Public sector 

1123 +0.5 +1.8
LCI analytical unadjusted 1246 +1.0 +2.8
   Level Percent 
Average ordinary time hourly earnings $29.75 -0.1 +1.3
Hours at a glance (figures seasonally adjusted)  Level Percent
Average weekly paid hours for FTEs (QES) Ordinary time  37.97 +0.3 +0.4

Total

38.70 +0.2 +0.2
Total weekly paid hours (QES) 59.1 (million)  +1.2 +3.4
Total actual weekly hours worked (HLFS) 85.3 (million)  +1.3 +6.7

 

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2422-8699
1 February 2017

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