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No.251
17 May 2006

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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 387,000 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 March 2006.

Some trends :

there is little difference between the number of women or men joining the workforce since June 1998.

Young people under 25 years now make up 21% of the unemployed.

- The unemployment rate for people under 25 years is 2.4 times that of the overall unemployment rate.

63% of the new jobs have gone to people aged 45 years and over.

One fifth (20%)of the new jobs have gone to Maori and Pacific people

Many regions have had an increase in employment, with the most notable increases of 48% in Canterbury.

When we look at a breakdown of the new jobs by economic sector, we see that the Construction Sector has increased its workforce by 57%. Wholesale and Retail is at 25% and Manufacturing continues to have negative growth (-2%).

Source Statistics New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey for June 2005





March 2006

Who Got The Jobs?


EMPLOYED AND UNEMPLOYED

THE EMPLOYED
thousands (000) June 98 March 2006 difference
Total Employed
(seasonally adjusted)
1,721 2,108 387
Men 948 1,135 187
Women 773 973 200
Full Time
(thirty hours or more)
1,320 1,664 343.9
Part Time
(fewer than thirty hours)
398 444 46


THE UNEMPLOYED
thousands (000) June 98 March 2006 difference
Unemployment Rate
(seasonally adjusted)
7.6% 3.9% -3.7%
Total Unemployed
(seasonally adjusted)
131 86 -45
% of the unemployed
who are 15-24 yrs old
35% 21% -14%
% of 15-24 yr olds
who are in the workforce
but are unemployed
14.3% 10.3% -4.3%


AGE,MAORI & PACIFIC

THE EMPLOYED (by Age Group & Maori and Pacific)
thousands (000) June 98 March 2006 difference % of total
Total Employed
(not adjusted)
1,716.3 2,107.9 391.5
15-24 yr olds 295.3 359.6 64.3 16%
25-44 yr olds 851.2 951.2 100 26%
45+ yr olds 569.8 817.1 247.3 63%
Maori and Pacific People 201.6 279.3 77.7 20%


EMPLOYED BY REGION

THE EMPLOYED (by Region)
thousands (000) June 98 March 2006 difference % of total
Northland 51.7 66.3 14.6 +28%
Auckland 525.5 652.5 127 +24%
Waikato 152.9 178.6 25.7 +17%
Bay of Plenty 93.3 99.9 6.6 +7%
Gisborne-Hawkes Bay 79.3 101.9 22.6 +28%
Taranaki 43.9 55.6 11.7 +27%
Wanganui-Manawatu 89.2 114.1 24.9 +28%
Wellington 239.4 260.6 21.2 +9%
Nelson-Marlborough-West Coast 79.5 92.5 13 +16%
Canterbury 226.3 335 108.7 +48%
Otago 85.4 94.6 9.2 +11%
Southland 49.8 56.3 6.5 +13%
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EMPLOYED BY SECTOR

THE EMPLOYED (by Sector)
thousands (000) June 98 March 2006 difference % of total
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 139.5 157.2 17.7 13%
Manufacturing 286 281.4 (4.6) -2%
Construction 111.9 175.2 63.3 +57%
Wholesale & Retail 377.9 465.9 88 +23%
Transport, Storage
& Communication
100.9 109.8 8.9 +9%
Business & Financial Services 243.1 315.2 72.1 +30%
Education 128.1 161 32.9 +26%
Health & Community Services 125 185.9 60.9 +49%
Other Services 184.5 236.2 51.7 +28%

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Latest Figures
December 2005


THE EMPLOYED


THE UNEMPLOYED


EMPLOYED BY AGE GROUP AND MAORI & PACIFIC


EMPLOYED BY REGION


EMPLOYED BY SECTOR



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