Duration of unemployment for people who are currently unemployed in New Zealand

Excluding people who did not specify duration, 2019 Q3, thousands of people


Unemployed: all people in the working-age population who, during the reference week, were without a paid job, available for work, and had either actively sought work in the past four weeks ending with the reference week, or had a new job to start within the next four weeks.
Working-age population: the usually resident, non-institutionalised, civilian population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over. This is the target population of the survey.

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Changes to data collection/processing

On 1 October 2019, Stats NZ revised all data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) to account for the latest population estimates. Figures published this quarter may differ from those previously published.
In the June quarter of 2016 a redeveloped version of the Household Labour Force Survey went into the field. The key purpose of the 2016 Household Labour Force Survey redevelopment was to improve the relevance and quality of the labour market statistics.
The new content includes more information about the nature of people’s employment conditions and work arrangements. This data can be used to better understand different patterns of employment.
The redeveloped HLFS also includes more detail from respondents who work in more than one job during a reference week.

Data provided by

Stats NZ

Dataset name

Household Labour Force Survey: Unemployed by Sex by Duration of Unemployment (Quarterly) September 2019



How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Work income and spending > Household Labour Force Survey - HLF > Unemployed by Sex by Duration of Unemployment (Qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)'. All variables were selected to create this dataset.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Household Labour Force Survey: Unemployed by Sex by Duration of Unemployment (Quarterly) September 2019

From the dataset Household Labour Force Survey: Unemployed by Sex by Duration of Unemployment (Quarterly) September 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 4-138
  • Columns: 2-60
  • Provided: 4,050 data points

This data forms the table Labour Force - Duration of unemployment for unemployed people by sex 1986 Q1–2019 Q3.

Dataset originally released on:

November 06, 2019

Purpose of collection

The primary purpose of the survey is to estimate the number of people employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force (NILF), and from them, the unemployment rate for the New Zealand labour market. The Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) is designed to produce statistics at the family level, and use of the survey for a purpose for which it was not designed is inevitably subject to some limitations.