Auckland regional household labour force survey: quarterly overview. September 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


Note: The September 2019 Household Labour Force Survey was the first to be published since Statistics NZ revised their 2013-2019 regional population estimates in October 2019; as a consequence, most HLFS back-data for 2013-2019 has been revised (in most cases the impact was minor).

For the quarter ended September 2019:

  • The overall unemployment rate was 4.3%, the second-lowest September rate since 2008.
  • The NEET (not in employment, education or training) rate for youth aged 15-24 was 9.2%, similar to the preceding quarter and the fifth-lowest quarterly rate since 2008.

Over the year ended September 2019:

  • The unemployment rate overall averaged 4.3% in the year ended September 2019, similar1 to 4.1% in the year ended September 2018, which was the lowest-equal annual rate since 2008.
  • The unemployment rate among those aged 15 to 19 averaged 19.1%, similar to 18.7% a year prior (but still well below the peak of 30.9% in 2011).
  • The unemployment rate for females of all ages averaged 4.7%, similar to 4.4% a year prior, while the unemployment rate for males averaged 3.8%, the same as 3.8% a year prior. The gap between males and females (0.9%) has narrowed compared to its peak in the year ended June 2015 (2.5%).
  • Unemployment rates among Māori (8.0%) and Pacific people (8.7%) were both similar to a year prior (8.2% and 7.7% respectively), and remained higher than European (3.1%) and Asian (4.2 %) ethnic groups (but have been trending down since 2013).
  • The labour force participation rate overall averaged 70.7%, similar to 70.9% a year prior, which was 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 2003 (57.2 %).
  • The labour force participation rate for people aged 20-24 averaged 77.6%, the 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 29 November 2019.

Last updated: 2019-11-29


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