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Whanganui District

Employment status

17,481 people living in the Whanganui District in 2013 were employed, of which 74.1% worked full-time and 25.9% part-time.

The Whanganui District'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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Employment statusNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Employed full-time
12,95467.071.514,02868.873.2-1,074
Employed part-time
4,52723.421.45,01024.621.7-483
Employed
17,48190.492.919,03893.494.9-1,557
map this data in atlas.idUnemployed1,8579.67.11,3476.65.1+510

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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Labour force statusNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idTotal in labour force19,33857.563.820,38561.066.2-1,047
Not in labour force
12,61837.531.312,18036.530.4+438
Employment status unidentifiable
1,6805.04.98462.53.4+834

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, New Zealand: 92.9% Employed full-time, New Zealand: 71.5% Employed part-time, New Zealand: 21.4% Unemployed, New Zealand: 7.1% Employed, Whanganui District: 90.4% Employed full-time, Whanganui District: 67.0% Employed part-time, Whanganui District: 23.4% Unemployed, Whanganui District: 9.6%
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, Whanganui District: -1,557 Employed full-time, Whanganui District: -1,074 Employed part-time, Whanganui District: -483 Unemployed, Whanganui District: +510
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 Whanganui District's labour force in 2013 was 19,338 persons, of which 4,527 were employed part-time and 12,954 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Whanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed. Overall, 90.4% of the labour force was employed (52.0% of the population aged 15+), and 9.6% unemployed (5.5% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.9% and 7.1% respectively for the New Zealand.

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the population in the Whanganui District in 2013 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (57.5%) compared with the New Zealand (63.8%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2013, the number of people employed in the Whanganui District showed a decrease of 1,557 persons and the number unemployed showed an increase of 510 persons. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed a decrease of 1,047 persons, or 5.1%.

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