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Statistics New Zealand updates
Statistics New Zealand has released a number of significant national data sets in the past month. We have compiled a summary of some of these here:
• Median hourly earnings for women increased by $0.80 (3.1 per cent) to $26.37 in the year to the June 2021 quarter, while earnings for men increased by $0.74 (2.6 per cent) to $29, to place the gender pay gap at 9.1 per cent. See the data here.
• New Zealand’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were down 4.5 per cent in the year ended March 2021, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and society a year since restrictions began. In the year ended March 2021, the New Zealand economy emitted 80,552 kilotonnes of GHGs - the lowest annual amount in seven years. Read more here.
• New Zealand exports have reached a new high, off the back of record export values for logs and beef. In June 2021, the value of all goods exports rose $871 million (17 per cent) from June 2020 to $6 billion. Exports of logs and wood reached a new high, up $105 million (23 per cent) from June 2020 to $561 million in June 2021. See the data here.
• The seasonally adjusted unemployment and underutilisation rates fell to 4 and 10.5 per cent respectively in the last quarter (4.4 per cent and 11.6 per cent in the Bay of Plenty). The fall in unemployment is largely in line with other labour market indicators, including declining numbers of benefit recipients and increased job vacancies. Read more here.
• The number of self-employed women without employees increased almost 14 per cent to 143,500 in the year to March 2021. The latest data from the March 2021 quarter Household Labour Force Survey shows the number of women who were self-employed with no employees increased by 17,500 over the year. Read more here.
Monday, August 23, 2021