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New Zealand Real Unemployment down 0.9% to 8.8% and a further 9.6%, down 0.6% of workforce under-employed

This Roy Morgan survey on New Zealand’s unemployment and ‘under-employed’* is based on weekly interviews covering April – June 2013 and in total 6,449 New Zealanders aged 14 and over were interviewed.

In the June Quarter 2013 according to Roy Morgan:

  • New Zealand unemployment was 8.8% (down 0.9% since the March Quarter 2013) of the 2,602,000 in the NZ workforce – an estimated 228,000 (down 24,000) were unemployed and looking for work.

  • A further 9.6% (down 0.6%) of the workforce* were under-employed – that is working part-time but looking for more work – 250,000 (down 16,000) New Zealanders.

  • In total 18.4% of the workforce, or 478,000 (down 40,000), New Zealanders, were either unemployed or under-employed.

  • The latest Roy Morgan unemployment estimate of 8.8% is now 2.6% above the 6.2% currently quoted by Statistics New Zealand for the January – March Quarter 2013.

  • Compared to a year ago there are 73,000 more New Zealanders now employed, and unemployment is now 0.3% less than the June Quarter 2012 (9.1%).

 

            Roy Morgan New Zealand Unemployed and ‘Under-employed’* Estimate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unemployed or
‘Under-employed’*

Unemployed

Unemployed looking for

‘Under-employed’*

Full-time

Part-time

2009

‘000

%

‘000

%

‘000

‘000

‘000

%

Jan–Mar 2009

438

17.6

214

8.6

80

134

224

9.0

Apr-June 2009

443

18.1

243

9.9

119

124

200

8.2

July-Sep 2009

495

20.5

266

11.0

126

140

229

9.5

Oct-Dec 2009

496

20.2

270

11.0

151

119

226

9.2

2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan–Mar 2010

435

17.4

252

10.1

129

123

183

7.3

Apr-June 2010

472

19.3

237

9.7

130

107

235

9.6

July-Sep 2010

436

17.8

223

9.1

116

107

213

8.7

Oct-Dec 2010

486

20.0

261

10.8

119

143

225

9.3

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan–Mar 2011

510

20.5

288

11.6

149

139

222

8.9

Apr-June 2011

418

17.1

237

9.7

116

121

181

7.4

July-Sep 2011

457

18.4

234

9.4

141

93

223

9.0

Oct-Dec 2011

493

19.0

245

9.4

118

127

248

9.9

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan–Mar 2012

515

20.3

286

11.1

125

161

229

9.2

Apr-June 2012

467

18.7

228

9.1

105

123

239

9.6

July-Sep 2012

449

17.7

223

8.8

124

99

226

8.9

Oct-Dec 2012

505

19.5

243

9.4

124

119

262

10.1

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan-Mar 2013

518

19.9

252

9.7

139

113

266

10.2

Apr-Jun 2013

478

18.4

228

8.8

122

106

250

9.6

Gary Morgan says:

“It is not surprising that Prime Minister John Key’s National (51%) has its largest lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) since the 2011 New Zealand Election according to this week’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll. Today’s Roy Morgan New Zealand real employment estimate shows New Zealand unemployment falling to 8.8% (down 0.9%) in the June Quarter 2013. New Zealand under-employment has also fallen, dropping to 9.6% (down 0.6%). This means a total of 478,000 (18.4%) of New Zealanders are either unemployed or under-employed, down 40,000 on the March Quarter 2013.

“In addition, overall employment in New Zealand has grown – and is now at a record high 2,374,000 (up 33,000). Since Prime Minister John Key came to office in November 2008, the New Zealand economy has added 160,000 jobs. This includes an additional 113,000 full-time jobs, and 47,000 part-time jobs.

“New Zealand employment consisted of 1,622,000 full-time employees (down 8,000) and 752,000 part-time employees (up 41,000). The Roy Morgan unemployment estimate is now significantly higher than the 6.2% estimate provided by Statistics New Zealand for the March Quarter 2013.”

This Roy Morgan survey on New Zealand’s unemployment and ‘under-employed’* is based on weekly interviews covering April – June 2013 and in total 6,449 New Zealanders aged 14 and over were interviewed.

*The ‘under-employed’ are those people who are in part-time work or consultants who are looking for more work.


New Zealand Unemployment & Under-employment Data Tables


Roy Morgan New Zealand Unemployment Esimates - June Quarter 2013

Roy Morgan New Zealand Unemployment - June Quarter 2013


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