New Zealand - Unemployment Rate

New Zealand: Unemployment Rate

Mnemonic LBR.INZL
Unit %, SA
Adjustments Seasonally Adjusted
Data 2020 Q2 4
2020 Q1 4.2

Series Information

Source Statistics New Zealand
Release Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS)
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/1986
End Date 6/30/2020

New Zealand: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force 2020 Q2 2,846 2,861 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Labor Force Employment 2020 Q2 2,732 2,741 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Unemployment 2020 Q2 114 120 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Unemployment Rate 2020 Q2 4 4.2 %, SA Quarterly
Wage & Salaries 2020 Q2 2,025,610 2,083,207 Ths. NZD, SA Quarterly
Tertiary Industries Employment 2019 1,345,300 1,320,100 # Annual
Total Employment 2019 2,285,000 2,238,800 # Annual
Agriculture Employment 2017 176,765 169,705 # Annual

Release Information

For New Zealand, survey-based labor status (labor force, employment, unemployment rate, etc.), employment by industry, and hours worked; for the country, regional councils and districts; annual.

  • Measurement: Percentage (%)
  • Adjustment: Not applicable
  • Native frequency: Annual
  • Start date: As early as 2006
  • Geo coverage:
    • Country (1)
    • Regional council (15)
    • Territorial authority (40)
  • Do all concept-geo pairs exist: No

The unemployment rate is the figure given when amount of unemployed people are divided by the labour force, this is expressed as a percentage.

These are annual average figures. Data may be suppressed for some regions for some of the reported years. Results are subject to large sample errors, especially in the smaller regions.

Moody's Analytics supplements

We produce seasonally adjusted versions of the LFS quartet at the regional council geo level.


HLFS estimates are benchmarked to the results ("estimated resident population") of the national census, conducted every five years.