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Yesterday the most recent quarterly update for employment in New Zealand was released (Statistics New Zealand publishes labour market data quarterly, whereas the Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes the equivalent data monthly). The result was the first backward step in the New Zealand labour market in three years.   Category   Sept 2015 (000s)  …

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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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While Australia bemoans a massive Budget deficit and deep cuts to many areas of science, welfare and education, our cousins across the Tasman are finding things are much rosier.   Courtesy of information from Statistics New Zealand and Deloitte Access Economics, here’s a summary of the current New Zealand economy:   Economic growth prospects are…

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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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