Latest unemployment data

Unemployment is up to 5.3%. This is lower than many expected, but of course still very hard on the families who have lost their income from work.

Some key data:

  • 31,000 fewer jobs than six months ago
  • 31,000 more unemployed
  • 33,000 more not in the labour force (not working but not looking for a job)
  • NZ has gone from 7th lowest to 17th lowest unemployment rate in OECD. So now at around the median.
  • Public sector wages up 2.5% from a year ago but private sector only up 1.6%
  • Average FT salary in public sector $84,343 and private sector $62,617

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