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No.201
24 February 2004

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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 December 2003.

Some trends :

despite young people under 25 years making up 41% of the unemployed, this age group has only taken up 17% of the new jobs since June 1998.

66% of the new jobs have gone to people aged 45 years and over.

slightly under 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 31%),Wanganui/Manawatu (21%)and Taranaki .

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 37%, and Construction by 31%, while Manufacturing has decreased by 3%.

Source Statistics New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey for June 2003





December 2003

Who's Got The Jobs?


EMPLOYED AND UNEMPLOYED

THE EMPLOYED
thousands (000) June 98 Dec 03 difference
Total Employed
(seasonally adjusted)
1,721 1,939 218
Men 948 1054 106
Women 773 885 112
Full Time
(thirty hours or more)
1,320 1,508 188
Part Time
(fewer than thirty hours)
398 431 33


THE UNEMPLOYED
thousands (000) June 98 Dec 03 difference
Unemployment Rate
(seasonally adjusted)
7.6% 4.6% -3.0%
Total Unemployed
(seasonally adjusted)
131 93 -38
% of 15-24 yr olds
unemployed
35% 41% 6%


AGE,MAORI & PACIFIC

THE EMPLOYED (by Age Group & Maori and Pacific)
thousands (000) June 98 Dec 03 difference % of total
Total Employed
(not adjusted)
1,716.3 1,956.3 240.0
15-24 yr olds 295.3 335.5 40.2 17%
25-44 yr olds 851.2 893.4 42.2 18%
45+ yr olds 569.8 727.5 157.7 66%
Maori and Pacific People 201.6 271.7 70.1 29%


EMPLOYED BY REGION

THE EMPLOYED (by Region)
thousands (000) June 98 Dec 03 difference % of total
Northland 51.7 58.6 6.9 +13%
Auckland 525.5 596.5 71 +14%
Waikato 152.9 176.3 23.4 +15%
Bay of Plenty 93.3 104.5 11.2 +12%
Gisborne-Hawkes Bay 79.3 85.8 6.5 +8%
Taranaki 43.9 52.7 8.8 +20%
Wanganui-Manawatu 89.2 107.5 18.3 +21%
Wellington 239.4 244.9 5.5 +2%
Nelson-Marlborough-West Coast 79.5 81.8 2.3 +3%
Canterbury 226.3 297.5 71.2 +31%
Otago 85.4 100.1 14.7 +17%
Southland 49.8 50 0.2 0%
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EMPLOYED BY SECTOR

THE EMPLOYED (by Sector)
thousands (000) June 98 Dec 03 difference % of total
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 139.5 156.7 17.2 +12%
Manufacturing 286 277.5 -8.5 -3%
Construction 111.9 146.2 34.3 +31%
Wholesale & Retail 377.9 447.1 69.2 +18%
Transport, Storage
& Communication
100.9 117.5 16.6 +16%
Business & Financial Services 243.1 262.4 19.3 +8%
Education 128.1 149.5 21.4 +17%
Health & Community Services 125 170.9 45.9 +37%
Other Services 184.5 211.5 27 +15%

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Latest Figures
December 2003


THE EMPLOYED


THE UNEMPLOYED


EMPLOYED BY AGE GROUP AND MAORI & PACIFIC


EMPLOYED BY REGION


EMPLOYED BY SECTOR



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