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Earlier this year I wrote about New Zealand’s improved economic performance and how it was putting Australia in the shade.   The official data released since that blog only further highlights the strengthening of New Zealand’s position.   Consider the following comparative data:   Area   New Zealand   Australia*   June 2014 total employment…

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  Statistics New Zealand only releases labour market information every quarter unlike in Australia where the ABS  releases labour market data every month. The most recent release for the March 2013 quarter highlighted some excellent news for the New Zealand economy.   Statistics New Zealand reported that, nationally, in the March 2013 quarter, compared with…

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Last week the ABS released its job vacancy data which gave a picture of what’s changed state-by-state in the past twelve months with respect to what we might loosely called the ‘candidate shortage’, or more specifically the ratio of unemployed job seekers to vacant positions.   Here’s the data, with the comparative period of twelve…

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This month the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) released its 2010/11 Financial Year summary of what’s going on around the country with respect to the shortage of skills.      It makes for fascinating reading.    Here’s the most relevant and interesting information I extracted from that document and another DEEWR report: …

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