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2014 – Ongoing jobless tally

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Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally

So by the numbers, for this year,

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

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See also

Reported Job Losses

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Current unemployment statistics

 

March 2014 Quarter

March 2014 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000) (Percent)
Employed 2,318 +0.9 +3.7
Unemployed    147   0.0  -1.1
Not in the labour force 1,093   -0.9  -2.9
Working-age population 3,559 +0.3 +1.4
(Percent) (Percentage points)
Employment rate  65.1 +0.4  +1.4
Unemployment rate    6.0   0.0   -0.2
Labour force participation rate  69.3 +0.4  +1.4

 

All figures are seasonally adjusted. Source: Statistics New Zealand

* Employed: Includes people who worked one hour (or more) per week, whether paid or unpaid.

June 2014 quarter

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June 2014 quarter Quarterly change Annual change
(000) (Percent)
Employed 2,328 +0.4 +3.7
Unemployed    137  -6.3 -10.9
Not in the labour force 1,114  +1.7  -0.9
Working-age population 3,579 +0.6 +1.6
(Percent) (Percentage points)
Employment rate  65.0 -0.1  +1.3
Unemployment rate    5.6 -0.3   -0.8
Labour force participation rate  68.9 -0.3  +0.8

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All figures are seasonally adjusted. Source: Statistics New Zealand

* Employed: Includes people who worked one hour (or more) per week, whether paid or unpaid.

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Additional statistics

Officially unemployed stats;

In the June 2014 quarter compared with the March 2014 quarter:

  • The number of people employed increased by 10,000 people.
  • The employment rate fell 0.1 percentage points, to 65.0 percent.
  • The number of people unemployed decreased by 9,000 people.
  • The unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 5.6 percent.
  • The labour force participation rate decreased 0.3 percentage points, to 68.9 percent.

Official unemployment: down

The  under-employment stats;

People who are underemployed are those who work part-time, would prefer to work more hours, and are available to do so. In unadjusted terms, the number of underemployed grew by 12 percent over the year. While the number of part-time workers increased over the year, the ratio of people underemployed to employed part-time also rose – from 17.1 percent in June 2013 to 18.7 percent this quarter.

Official under-employment: up

 

The Household Labour Force Survey for the  September 2014 quarter will be released on 5 November 2014.

Source

Definitions

Jobless: people who are either officially unemployed, available but not seeking work, or actively seeking but not available for work. The ‘available but not seeking work’ category is made up of the ‘seeking through newspaper only’, ‘discouraged’, and ‘other’ categories.

Under-employment: employed people who work part time (ie usually work less than 30 hours in all jobs) and are willing and available to work more hours than they usually do.

Employed: people in the working-age population who, during the reference week, did one of the following:

  • worked for one hour or more for pay or profit in the context of an employee/employer relationship or self-employment 

  • worked without pay for one hour or more in work which contributed directly to the operation of a farm, business, or professional practice owned or operated by a relative 

  • had a job but were not at work due to: own illness or injury, personal or family responsibilities, bad weather or mechanical breakdown, direct involvement in an industrial dispute, or leave or holiday.

Source

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  1. 8 January 2014 at 9:45 pm

    How many hours of work qualify you to be listed as ’employed’?

    • 8 January 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Unbelievable as it may sound, Neil, the answer is a minimum of one hour per week.

      To quote from Statistics New Zealand;

      More definitions

      The labour force category to which a person is assigned depends on their actual activity during a survey reference week.

      This section includes definitions used in the HLFS release. These conform closely to the international standard definitions specified by the International Labour Organization.

      Employed: people in the working-age population who, during the reference week, did one of the following:

      * worked for one hour or more for pay or profit in the context of an employee/employer relationship or self-employment
      * worked without pay for one hour or more in work which contributed directly to the operation of a farm, business, or professional practice owned or operated by a relative
      * had a job but were not at work due to: own illness or injury, personal or family responsibilities, bad weather or mechanical breakdown, direct involvement in an industrial dispute, or leave or holiday.

      Source: http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/income-and-work/employment_and_unemployment/HouseholdLabourForceSurvey_HOTPSep13qtr/Definitions.aspx

      So if you work for one hour, this government can claim that unemployment has fallen by one.

      • 9 January 2014 at 2:07 pm

        One hour

        All i can say is bloody ridiculous

  2. trev
    20 March 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Nice work, frank. So what was the stat a few months ago in the headlines that was almost 20%? Was that underemployment + unemployment?
    And that has gone up?

    There’s too many people scrambling around with a few hours here and there spread across 2-3 jobs.
    Or working a few months on a casual contract, followed by a few weeks/months on the dole before finding another casual contract.
    Thousands of us inexorably falling further and further into debt and poverty as the cost of living grinds eternally upwards and the yearly income falls just as surely.

    I think we’ve resigned ourselves to the new feudalism as a nation.

  3. Fern
    21 May 2014 at 10:33 am

    Fitzroy Engineering, New Plymouth, 28 redundancies – Taranaki Daily News, May 19

  4. Malcolm
    27 June 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for compiling this! A small gripe – the word is ‘tally’ – there’s no ‘e’ in it. That’s an obnoxious employer’s name.

  5. Who Gnu
    25 July 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Factory where I work has been gradually laying off workers every other week. You don’t hear about it in the news. Very hush-hush. There is no “economic recovery”, it’s all bullshit.

    The stats are a fake!!

  6. ravingwriting2go
    9 August 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Haven’t been blogging at all for several months, as dating and relationships has been a priority. If I didn’t find the love of my life and build a life outside New Zealand, I am not sure how I would cope with what has become of New Zealand society.

    Whenever a I went to a supermarket I got dirty looks like I was some parasite ‘stealing off the taxpayer’ for using the WINZ food card. When I walked down the street to a compulsory WINZ course a nasty man would jeer and say ‘get a job’.

    But it doesn’t stop there, as one course the co-ordinator said I lied about why I left my job (which was due to the workplace shutting down – in fact all the original staff I worked with no longer work there). Generally he put me down too, when I was suffering from deppression.

    This is what so called ‘dole Bludgers’ at the very least have to suffer, even before the psychological strain of having no job or livelihood. Imagine the families too where only one parent has a job.

    If National gets in again, god help New Zealand society as the moral corruption of greed and narcissism runs deep there right now. I can only logically guess that National wants high unemployment and poverty to use it push through policies to drive down wages and build a slave class of dispossible people.

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