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Job Growth Fastest in Waikato and Bay of Plenty

Linked Employer-Employee Data: March 2005 quarter

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Job Growth Fastest in Waikato and Bay of Plenty

Job growth in the year to March 2005 was fastest in Waikato (up 4.4 percent) and Bay of Plenty (up 4.3 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. These increases in the annual average number of filled jobs were driven by the property and business services industry in Waikato (up 14.4 percent) and the mining, construction, and electricity, gas and water supply services industries in Bay of Plenty (up 15.8 percent).

Auckland and Wellington paid workers the highest mean earnings for full quarter jobs in the year to March 2005. Average quarterly earnings were $11,030 in Auckland and $11,070 in Wellington, compared with the national average of $9,830.

Average mean quarterly earnings increased in every region in the year to March 2005. Northland had the highest percentage increase (up 5.2 percent), followed by Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast region (up 4.8 percent) and Manawatu-Wanganui region (up 4.5 percent). A key driver of growth in all three regions was an increase in average earnings in the manufacturing industry.

This is the first of a series of quarterly releases which will focus on different dimensions of the Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) on a rotational basis. Specific emphasis this quarter is on regional analysis.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

ENDS

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