Labour Force - Status for people aged 15-64 years (quarterly) 1986 Q1–2016 Q4

Stats NZ

Definitions

Labour force: members of the working-age population, who during the survey reference week, were classified as 'employed' or 'unemployed’.
Working-age population: the usually resident, non-institutionalised, civilian population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over. This is the target population for this survey.

Employed: people in the working-age population who, during the reference week, did one of the following:
- worked for one hour or more for pay or profit in the context of an employee/employer relationship or self-employment
- worked without pay for one hour or more in work which contributed directly to the operation of a farm, business, or professional practice owned or operated by a relative
- had a job but were not at work due to: own illness or injury, personal or family responsibilities, bad weather or mechanical breakdown, direct involvement in an industrial dispute, or leave or holiday.

Employment rate: the number of employed people expressed as a percentage of the working-age population. The employment rate is closely linked to the working-age population definition.

Labour force: members of the working-age population, who during the survey reference week, were classified as 'employed' or 'unemployed’.
Labour force participation rate: the total labour force expressed as a percentage of the working-age population. Labour force participation is closely linked to how the working-age population is defined.

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.

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.
Unemployment rate: the number of unemployed people expressed as a percentage of the labour force.

For more information

http://datainfoplus.stats.govt.nz/Item/nz.govt.stats/b7c39358-aa03-446f-a27d-91c37caac35d#/nz.govt.stats/b7c39358-aa03-446f-a27d-91c37caac35d

Changes to data collection/processing

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. Multiple job holders are asked about the industry, occupation, employment status, and hours of their second job. Until now, the HLFS collected these details only on the respondents’ main job.

Data provided by

Stats NZ

Dataset name

Household Labour Force Survey: Labour Force Status for people aged 15 to 64 years (Quarterly) December 2016

Webpage:

http://www.stats.govt.nz/infoshare/

How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Work income and spending > Household Labour Force Survey - HLF > Labour Force Status for people aged 15 to 64 years (Qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)'. All variables were selected to create this dataset.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Household Labour Force Survey: Labour Force Status for people aged 15 to 64 years (Quarterly) December 2016

From the dataset Household Labour Force Survey: Labour Force Status for people aged 15 to 64 years (Quarterly) December 2016, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 3-126
  • Columns: 2-9
  • Provided: 992 data points

Dataset originally released on:

February 01, 2017

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.