Labour market

Why is this important for social statistics?

We measure the labour market because it has an important role in social well-being. Employment provides people with incomes to meet their basic needs and to contribute to their material comfort, and gives them options for how to live their lives.

  • Employment

    The employment rate is the proportion of the population aged 15 and over who are employed for at least one hour per week.

  • Labour force participation rate

    The number of people in the labour force (employed and unemployed) divided by the total working-age population.
  • Labour productivity

    The ratio of economic output to labour input. Output is measured by gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Median hourly earnings

    Median hourly earnings from all wages and salaries, for employees aged 15 years and over who earn income from wage and salary jobs.
  • Satisfaction with work-life balance

    The proportion of employed people who are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their work-life balance.
  • Unemployment

    The proportion of people, 15 years and older, who are not employed and who are actively seeking and available for paid work.
  • Work-related injury claims

    This indicator reports on the incidence of work-related injury claims that occur in New Zealand.
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