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Wellington Region

Employment status

275,796 people living in the Wellington Region in 2018 were employed, of which 78.7% worked full-time and 21.3% 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).

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'In the 7 days that ended on Sunday 4 March, which of these did you do?'.

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Employment status
Wellington Region20182013Change
Employment statusNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Employed275,79693.893.8235,60592.892.1+40,191
Employed full-time217,07173.872.9184,41972.671.3+32,652
Employed part-time58,72520.020.851,18620.220.8+7,539
Total unemployed18,2946.26.218,3127.27.9-18
Total labour force294,090100.0100.0253,917100.0100.0+40,173
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
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Labour force status
Wellington Region20182013Change
Labour force statusNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Total labour force294,09071.268.6253,91766.963.2+40,173
Not in labour force118,81828.831.4108,85528.731.6+9,963
Employment status unidentifiable------16,5394.45.2-16,539
Total population aged 15+412,908100.0100.0379,311100.0100.0+33,597
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Employment status unidentifiable" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

The size of the Wellington Region's labour force in 2018 was 294,090 persons, of which 58,725 were employed part-time and 217,071 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 93.8% of the labour force was employed, and 6.2% unemployed, compared with 93.8% and 6.2% respectively for North Island.

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the population in the Wellington Region in 2018 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (71.2%) compared with North Island (68.6%).

Emerging groups

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of people employed in the Wellington Region showed an increase of 40,191 persons and the number unemployed showed a decrease of 18 persons. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 40,173 persons, or 15.8%.

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