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Working paper

Estimating employment in New Zealand producing goods and services for export

Foreign trade and employment Employment Exports International trade New Zealand

This paper uses the 2013 Input Output Tables and Household Labour Force Survey data to estimate New Zealand’s export employment. In the June quarter of 2018, 628,000 New Zealand workers, approximately one in four, derived their livelihoods from producing goods and services for export. The highest share of export employment is in rural regions – 33% of people employed in Southland were producing goods and services for export. The share of New Zealanders in export employment has declined over the past ten years.

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