Job numbers rose in September 2020, largely due to an increase in filled jobs in public administration and safety, Stats NZ said today.
Filled jobs were up by 7,266 to 2.2 million in September 2020, after a similar rise in August. The number of filled jobs usually rise between August and September – last year’s numbers were up by 12,626 over the period.
“Jobs in public sector administration have been rising since April,” economic statistics manager Sue Chapman said.
“Some of September’s increase is related to preparation for the General Election, which was held on October 17.”
The public administration and safety industry had 4,558 more jobs in September 2020 compared with August. Healthcare and social assistance had the second-largest increase, up 2,356 jobs.
The largest fall in filled jobs came from the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry, down 2,633 jobs.
All the regions were up in filled jobs compared with August. Canterbury had the largest increase (up 1,935 jobs), followed by Wellington (up 1,878 jobs).
“The lift in jobs across all regions for the September month coincides with Auckland moving to alert level 2 on August 31 and the rest of New Zealand moving to alert level 1 later in September,” Ms Chapman said.
Stats NZ calculates filled jobs by averaging weekly jobs paid throughout the month, based on tax data.
Gross earnings for the September 2020 quarter were $35.4 billion, up $2.6 billion (7.9 percent) compared with the June 2020 quarter.
“September quarter gross earnings are up strongly compared with June, which were heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions,” Ms Chapman said.
“Earnings for the June 2020 quarter were lower than the previous June, while September quarter earnings were 5.3 percent up on the September 2019 quarter.”