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

  • The overall unemployment rate was 4.2%, the lowest-equal June rate since 2007.
  • The NEET (not in employment, education or training) rate for youth aged 15-24 was 8.7%, lower than the preceding quarter and the third-lowest rate since 2013.

Over the year ended June 2019:

  • The unemployment rate overall averaged 4.1% in the year ended June 2019, similar1 to 4.3% in the year ended June 2018, and the lowest-equal annual rate since 2008.
  • The unemployment rate among those aged 15 to 19 averaged 18.9%, similar to 20.0% a year prior (but continuing a downward trend since the 27.8% of 2012).
  • The unemployment rate for females of all ages averaged 4.4%, a fall from 4.9% a year prior, while the unemployment rate for males averaged 3.9%, similar to 3.8% a year prior. The gap between males and females (0.5%) has narrowed compared to its peak in the year ended June 2015 (2.5%).
  • Unemployment rates among Māori (8.1%) and Pacific people (8.5%) were both similar to a year prior (8.4% and 8.3% respectively), and remained higher than European (3.1%) and Asian (4.1%) ethnic groups (but have been trending down since 2014).
  • The labour force participation rate overall averaged 71.1%, the highest ever (since at least 1995).
  • The labour force participation rate for females averaged 66.3%, a new record high since at least 1995 and continuing the uptrend since 2001 (57.1%).
  • The labour force participation rate for people aged 20-24 averaged 77.1%, the second-highest since 1999 and continuing the uptrend since 2013 (67.2%), but still lower than the previous peak of 83.0% in June 1998.

Overview published 16 August 2019.

Last updated: 2019-02-19


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