How healthy is the New Zealand job market?

The actual unemployment rate in March 2010 was 6.6% compared with 5.6% in March 2009. This means the total number of people employed in March 2010 was down 2,900, while the number of people officially unemployed was 24,700 higher.
Career Services asked the team of independent economists at Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to have a look at the New Zealand job market. Here’s their take on what job areas may be most and least affected by the current economic downturn. They also take a look at what’s likely to happen in the job market during the next couple of years.

How healthy is the New Zealand job market?

The job market in New Zealand is not as healthy as it could be. Using Statistics New Zealand’s Household Labour Force Survey for the March 2010 quarter, we have looked at employment during the three-month period from December 2009 to March 2010, and compared this with the same period in 2009.

The actual unemployment rate in March 2010 was 6.6% compared with 5.6% in March 2009. This means the total number of people employed in March 2010 was down 2,900, while the number of people officially unemployed was 24,700 higher.

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