Not in the labour force: any person in the working-age population who is neither employed nor unemployed. For example, this residual category includes people who:
- are retired
- have personal or family responsibilities such as unpaid housework and childcare
- attend educational institutions
- are permanently unable to work due to physical or mental disabilities,
- were temporarily unavailable for work in the survey reference week
- are not actively seeking work.
Respondents are asked for the reasons for not seeking work if they answer 'No' to...:
- Whether they have a job
- Whether they are looking for work
... and answer 'Yes' to:
- Whether they want to work.
Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 in the June and September 2020 quarters, several seasonally adjusted series were specially treated to maintain a consistent estimate of the seasonal pattern.
This specific dataset excludes people who are not wanting to seek work.
Changes to data collection/processing
This release incorporates revisions to historical household labour force survey data to account for the latest national population estimates. As such, figures published in this update may differ from those previously published.
At URL provided, select 'Work income and spending > Household Labour Force Survey - HLF > Not in LF by Sex by Reason for Not Seeking Work (Qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)'. All variables were selected to create this dataset.
From the dataset Household Labour Force Survey: Not in Labour Force by Sex by Reason for Not Seeking Work (Quarterly) June 2021, this data was extracted:
Provided: 756 data points
Dataset originally released on:
August 04, 2021
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.