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The Wellington Region

Employment status

235,605 people living in the Wellington Region in 2013 were employed, of which 78.3% worked full-time and 21.7% part-time.

The Wellington Region's employment statistics are an important indicator of socio-economic status. The levels of full or part-time employment, unemployment and labour force participation indicate the strength of the local economy and social characteristics of the population. Employment status is linked to a number of factors including Age Structure, which influences the number of people in the workforce; the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area and; the education and skill base of the population (Occupations, Industries, Qualifications).

Derived from the Census question:

'In the 7 days that ended on Sunday 3 March, which of these did you do?'.

Persons aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Wellington Region20132006Change
Employment statusNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Employed full-time184,41972.671.3182,85374.273.4+1,566
Employed part-time51,18620.220.850,76320.621.2+423
Employed235,60592.892.1233,61694.894.5+1,989
Unemployed18,3127.27.912,7535.25.5+5,559

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Labour force status
Wellington Region20132006Change
Labour force statusNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Total in labour force253,91766.963.2246,36969.165.9+7,548
Not in labour force108,85528.731.6100,72528.330.3+8,130
Employment status unidentifiable16,5394.45.29,4142.63.7+7,125

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Employment status, 2013
Employment status, 2013 Employed, North Island: 92.1% Employed full-time, North Island: 71.3% Employed part-time, North Island: 20.8% Unemployed, North Island: 7.9% Employed, Wellington Region: 92.8% Employed full-time, Wellington Region: 72.6% Employed part-time, Wellington Region: 20.2% Unemployed, Wellington Region: 7.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2013
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2013 Employed, Wellington Region: +1,989 Employed full-time, Wellington Region: +1,566 Employed part-time, Wellington Region: +423 Unemployed, Wellington Region: +5,559
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Wellington Region's labour force in 2013 was 253,917 persons, of which 51,186 were employed part-time and 184,419 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 92.8% of the labour force was employed (62.1% of the population aged 15+), and 7.2% unemployed (4.8% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.1% and 7.9% respectively for the North Island.

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the population in the Wellington Region in 2013 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (66.9%) compared with the North Island (63.2%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2013, the number of people employed in the Wellington Region showed an increase of 1,989 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 5,559 persons. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 7,548 persons, or 3.1%.

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