New Zealand Unemployment Rate 1985-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in New Zealand increased to 5.90 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from 5.80 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Unemployment Rate in New Zealand averaged 6.26 percent from 1985 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 11.20 percent in the third quarter of 1991 and a record low of 3.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007. Unemployment Rate in New Zealand is reported by the Statistics New Zealand.

New Zealand Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.90 5.80 11.20 3.50 1985 - 2015 percent Quarterly
In New Zealand, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - New Zealand Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - New Zealand Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Saturday, September 5, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-03 09:45 PM Q4 5.7% 5.4% 5.2%
2015-05-05 11:45 PM Q1 5.8% 5.8%(R) 5.5% 5.6%
2015-08-04 11:45 PM Q2 5.9% 5.8% 5.9% 6%
2015-11-04 09:45 PM Q3 5.9% 6.2%


New Zealand Jobless Rate Rises to 5.9% in Q2


In the second quarter of 2015, New Zealand jobless rate increased to 5.9 percent, while the labour force participation rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 69.3 percent.

“Despite lower quarterly growth, this is still the 11th consecutive quarter of employment growth, making it the second-longest period of growth since the period between 1992 and 1996,” Ms Ramsay said.

Over the year to the latest quarter, the number of people employed increased 69,000 (3.0 percent) to 2,360,000, while the number of people unemployed increased 10,000 (7.5 percent) to 148,000, as measured by the Household Labour Force Survey.

The manufacturing industry showed the strongest annual employment growth. 

“This is the first time since the December 2013 quarter that the construction industry has not been the largest contributor to annual growth in employment,” Ms Ramsay added.

Annual wage inflation, as measured by the labour cost index was down to 1.6 percent, while consumer price inflation remained low (0.3 percent). Average hourly earnings, as measured by the Quarterly Employment Survey, increased 2.8 percent for the year.

Statistics New Zealand | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
8/5/2015 12:20:48 AM


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New Zealand Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.90 5.80 11.20 3.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 2360.00 2355.00 2360.00 1500.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 0.30 0.70 1.70 -1.70 percent [+]
Unemployed Persons 148.00 146.00 189.00 69.00 Thousand [+]
Productivity 166.67 166.89 166.89 117.96 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 69.30 69.50 69.50 63.00 percent [+]
Wages 29.04 28.78 29.04 13.07 NZD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 3320.58 3376.83 3376.83 1638.97 NZD Million/Quarter [+]
Labour Costs 1110.00 1105.00 1110.00 699.62 Index Points [+]
Population 4.51 4.42 4.51 2.37 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Job Advertisements 36184.00 36088.00 55215.00 21288.00 [+]
Job Vacancies 120.80 120.10 123.60 55.20 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 14.25 13.75 14.25 10.25 NZD/Month [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Jul/15 6.00 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 7.50 Jul/15 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 7.00 Aug/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 10.90 Jul/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Jun/15 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jul/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.00 Jul/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Jul/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.72 Jul/15 4.41 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.80 Jul/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Jul/15 5.40 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Jul/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jul/15 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.30 May/15 9.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Jun/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.10 Aug/15 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]