Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


ASB Cantometer Index Lifts as Labour Market Recovers Further

ASB Cantometer Index Lifts as Labour Market Recovers Further

Further lift in Canterbury employment demand drives another increase in ASB Cantometer.
Outside of construction, Canterbury recovery remains gradual.

The ASB Cantometer index lifted further over February, rising to 0.6 from 0.5. The lift follows labour market data, released in early February, which revealed an improvement in employment in the Canterbury region. In particular, hours worked recovered strongly over the December quarter, with this measure lifting from -1.4 to +0.1 within the Cantometer Index.

ASB Chief Economist Nick Tuffley says, “Labour market data has been very volatile over the past year. But generally, we’re seeing a pickup in construction employment and a gradual recovery in employment demand for the Canterbury region as a whole.”

The remaining sub-indices remained relatively steady over February. The construction index remains strong and continues to underpin the recovery in the Canterbury region. Nick Tuffley notes that, “We’re still yet to see meaningful improvement in the Miscellaneous category. So while we’ve seen spillover effects of construction to retailing, other areas have yet to benefit meaningfully.”


“We expect Canterbury reconstruction activity to underpin the nationwide lift in residential construction over the coming year. However, for the time being, spillover effects from construction remain relatively confined to retailing,” says Mr Tuffley.

“In light of indications of less momentum in the wider economy and subdued inflation pressures we continue to expect the RBNZ will leave the OCR unchanged until March 2014,” concludes Mr Tuffley.

About the Cantometer

The Cantometer is designed to summarise activity in Canterbury. The study takes a range of publically available regional economic data, which is standardised and aggregated into a summary measure. The index has been rebased to zero in June 2010 (the end of the quarter immediately preceding the first earthquake) such that a positive number represents activity being above pre-earthquake levels.

Along with the aggregate Cantometer index, there are five sub categories: Construction, Housing, Employment, Consumer spending and Miscellaneous*. These sub-indices will provide some insight into which sectors are driving the rebuild activity at a given point in time.

For most activity the data reference the level of activity. However, when incorporating wages and house prices into the index we believe levels are less informative. Instead the index uses prices relative to the rest of the country. An increase in relative prices is a signal for resources to be reallocated to the Canterbury region.

The historical Cantometer series represented on the charts is a simple average of the complete set of data for each month.

*The miscellaneous category includes electricity, car registrations, guest nights and permanent and long-term net migration. A common factor driving these areas will be population growth, and we expect all these indicators to increase as the rebuild gathers momentum.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Science Awards: NZAS Celebrate NZ Scientific Achievements

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. This year’s medal is awarded to Dr Mike Andrews. More>>


Court Rules: Affco 'Unlawfully' Locked Out Meat Workers

The note says the full court found for the plaintiffs, "that is that the defendant locked out the second plaintiffs unlawfully and that it breached s 32 of the Act by acting otherwise than in good faith towards the plaintiffs while collective bargaining was still going on." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news