Unemployment and employment statistics: the Household Labour Force Survey in context

28 Jan 2014

This paper discusses the range of unemployment and employment statistics in New Zealand within the context of the various surveys producing them, to provide a better informed understanding of their use.

Introduction: Recent fluctuations in the unemployment rate, as measured by the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS), have provoked commentator concern about the robustness of this official measure. Debate over job losses, job creation, employment rates and other indicators of the condition of the labour market often creates more confusion than it sheds light on the situation. Additional labour market-related statistics in recent years have broadened and made discussions more sophisticated, but they can also make it difficult to get an overall grasp of key facts and trends.

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