Unemployment rates by qualification level

Data Tables

The following tables are from Statistics New Zealand's Household Labour Force Survey and they include the data used to produce this indicator:

Index of Tables

Table 1: Unemployment rates of the population aged 15 years and over by highest qualification

Notes:

  1. In June 2013, the qualification question in the Household Labour Force Survey was updated, leading to improved estimates of people with school qualifications.
  2. From 2006 to 2012, tertiary diplomas and certificates included level 7 diplomas and certificates.
  3. From 2006 to 2012, people who did not state their qualification were included with those with no qualification.
  4. Data for 2013 is based on the June, September and December quarters.
  5. From 2013 onwards, the detailed data is not directly comparable with previous years due to the above changes.
Year Bachelors or higher Dips/certs
4-6
School qualification No qualification Total all qualifications
Percentages
2007 2.3 2.5 4.2 6.1 3.7
2008 2.5 3.1 4.8 6.7 4.2
2009 3.6 4.5 7.4 9.7 6.1
2010 3.7 4.8 8.0 9.9 6.6
2011 3.2 4.9 8.4 9.8 6.5
2012 3.6 5.4 8.9 9.9 6.9
2013 3.5 3.8 7.4 8.7 5.9
2014 2.8 4.0 6.9 8.3 5.4
2015 2.9 4.0 6.8 8.5 5.4
2016 2.9 3.6 6.6 8.2 5.1
2017 2.4 3.5 6.1 8.4 4.7

Table 2: Unemployment rates of the population aged 15 years and over by gender
YearFemalesMalesTotal
Percentages
2007 4.0 3.4 3.7
2008 4.3 4.1 4.2
2009 6.2 6.1 6.1
2010 6.9 6.3 6.6
2011 6.8 6.3 6.5
2012 7.4 6.6 6.9
2013 6.6 5.3 5.9
2014 6.1 4.7 5.4
2015 5.9 4.9 5.4
2016 5.5 4.8 5.1
2017 5.2 4.2 4.7

Table 3: Unemployment rates of the population aged 15 years by ethnic group
YearEuropeansMāoriPacificTotal
Percentages
2007 2.7 7.9 7.0 3.7
2008 3.3 8.3 7.3 4.2
2009 4.8 12.8 13.4 6.1
2010 5.0 13.8 14.1 6.6
2011 5.1 13.6 13.8 6.5
2012 5.4 14.3 15.7 6.9
2013 4.7 12.7 14.5 5.9
2014 4.1 11.8 11.7 5.4
2015 4.1 11.7 10.9 5.4
2016 3.9 11.4 9.7 5.1
2017 3.6 10.1 9.6 4.7

Table 4: Unemployment rates of the population aged 15 years with a bachelors or higher qualification by ethnic group

Notes:

The unemployment rate of Pasifika with a bachelors or higher qualification is not available prior to 2014.

YearEuropeansMāoriPasifikaTotal
Percentages
2007 1.7    2.3
2008 1.9 5.5   2.5
2009 2.7 4.5   3.6
2010 2.5 3.8   3.7
2011 2.3 4.8   3.2
2012 2.7 5.4   3.6
2013 3.0 3.3   3.5
2014 2.3 4.0 7.9 2.8
2015 2.1 3.8 8.2 2.9
2016 1.9 4.2 6.0 2.9
2017 1.8 2.9 6.7 2.4

Table 5: Unemployment rates of the population by age group
Year15-1920-2425-3435-4445-5455-64 Total
yearsyearsyearsyearsyearsyears
2007 14.5 6.5 3.4 2.4 2 1.5 3.7
2008 16.2 7.6 4.1 2.7 2.3 2 4.2
2009 23.5 11.7 5.7 4.1 3.7 3.2 6.1
2010 25.1 12.2 6.9 4.4 3.9 3.5 6.6
2011 25.7 12.4 6 4.8 4.1 3.3 6.5
2012 26.1 13.2 6.8 4.9 4.6 4 6.9
2013 23.2 10.8 5.8 4.3 3.7 3.8 5.9
2014 19.8 10.4 5.5 3.9 3.5 2.9 5.4
2015 20.3 9.9 5.4 3.5 3.5 3.3 5.4
2016 20.4 9.3 5.4 3.2 3.1 3.2 5.1
2017 20.2 8.7 4.3 3.3 3 2.8 4.7

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