Auckland regional household labour force survey: quarterly overview. March 2019

Ross Wilson
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU and Statistics New Zealand
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An overview of labour force participation in Auckland, as indicated by results of Statistics New Zealand's quarterly Household Labour Force Survey. The overview report focuses on trends across age and ethnic groups in Auckland including unemployment and the NEET rate. (NEET is not employed, in education or training). HLFS


For the quarter ended March 2019:

  • The overall unemployment rate was 4.4%, the lowest March rate since 2008.
  • The NEET (not in employment, education or training) rate for youth aged 15-24 was 13.9%, similar to the preceding quarter and the second-highest rate since 2012.

Over the year ended March 2019:

  • The unemployment rate overall averaged 4.2% in the year ended March 2019, similar1 to 4.4% in the year ended March 2018, and the second-equal-lowest annual rate since September 2008.
  • The unemployment rate among those aged 15 to 19 averaged 20.0%, similar to 19.5% a year prior (but continuing a downward trend since 2012).
  • The unemployment rate for females of all ages averaged 4.3%, a fall from 5.0% a year prior, while the unemployment rate for males averaged 4.0%, similar to 3.8% a year prior. The gap between males and females (0.3%) has narrowed compared to its peak in the year ended June 2015 (2.5%).
  • Unemployment rates among Māori (8.2%) and Pacific people (8.9%) were both similar to a year prior (8.9% and 7.9% respectively), and remained higher than European and Asian ethnic groups (but have been trending down since 2014).
  • The labour force participation rate overall averaged 71.0%, the highest-equal since at least 1995.
  • The labour force participation rate for females averaged 65.9%, a record high since at least 1995 and continuing the uptrend since 2001 (57.1%).
  • The labour force participation rate for people aged 55+ averaged 50.3%, similar to the then-record high a year prior (50.2%) and continuing the uptrend since at least 1995 (26.2%).

Overview published 4 June 2019.

Last updated: 2019-02-19