What's rising faster - unemployed Kiwis or people in work?

The number of New Zealand's unemployed is about the size of Tauranga's population.

The number of New Zealand's unemployed is about the size of Tauranga's population.

The number of New Zealanders who work is rising, while our unemployed and people outside the labour force have remained steady in the decades since 1989.

At 4.8 per cent, unemployment currently sits at the lowest since late 2008, which was during the global financial crisis.

Migration has rapidly expanded New Zealand's working age population but the number of jobs has also grown, which has gradually reduced unemployment from a recent high of 6.6 per cent in 2012.

There's been a surprise fall in the number of people working in recent months. On the other side of the ledger there's been a fall in unemployed people by 3000 to 128,000 - the same number of people that live in Tauranga, New Zealand's fifth-largest city.

* Chart: Which Kiwis aren't seeking work?

* NZ jobless rate falls to its lowest in more than 8 years 
* Lower Hutt youth employment reaches 20 per cent  

Northland still has the highest unemployment of any region, despite a sharp fall in the number of jobless in the last year. Northland's unemployment rate is 7.2 per cent. 

In contrast, a group covering Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and the West Coast currently has the lowest unemployment rate in New Zealand, dropping to 3 per cent.

Over the last year or so, the number of people employed in New Zealand rose by 76,200 - nearly the number of people who live in Palmerston North - an increase of 3.1 per cent.


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 - Stuff


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