Weekly earnings data now available in experimental weekly employment indicators

Week ended$
5/05/2019997.14
12/05/20191000
19/05/20191000
26/05/20191000
2/06/2019995.19
9/06/20191011.4
16/06/20191006
23/06/20191003.1
30/06/20191008
7/07/20191000
14/07/20191009.23
21/07/20191007.51
28/07/20191009.73
4/08/20191000
11/08/20191009.05
18/08/20191011
25/08/20191004.8
1/09/20191006.36
8/09/20191018.9
15/09/20191017.54
22/09/20191015.05
29/09/20191012.7
6/10/20191008
13/10/20191019.23
20/10/20191015.34
27/10/20191019.23
3/11/20191026.38
10/11/20191025
17/11/20191023
24/11/20191020
1/12/20191024.42
8/12/20191032.76
15/12/20191040.12
22/12/20191035.45
29/12/20191047.37
5/01/20201040
12/01/20201038.26
19/01/20201031.48
26/01/20201034.25
2/02/20201031.84
9/02/20201040
16/02/20201032.31
23/02/20201026.93
1/03/20201020
8/03/20201034.95
15/03/20201036.14
22/03/20201028.12
29/03/2020980.18
5/04/2020958.71
12/04/2020961.54
19/04/2020952.78
26/04/2020960
3/05/2020984.05
10/05/2020991.51
17/05/2020998.52
24/05/20201000
31/05/20201003.22
7/06/20201019.76
14/06/20201020
21/06/20201019.64
28/06/20201025.99
5/07/20201021.25
12/07/20201031
19/07/20201034
26/07/20201030.91
2/08/20201030.27
9/08/20201036.8
16/08/20201036.5
23/08/20201034.87

The weekly earnings data compliments the weekly employment indicator series developed to give more timely job figures from tax data, introduced this year at a time of heightened interest in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We added earnings to the employment indicator after customers asked for this extra information,” Mr Neal said.

The new earning measures use the payday filing from Inland Revenue.

“A measure based on 34 days after the reference week ends gave enough time to cover all jobs, including those paid weekly, fortnightly, and monthly,” Mr Neal said.

“That gives the most complete picture for weekly earnings, though these measures are also available with a lag of six days and 20 days with limitations around which jobs are included.”

Stats NZ also provides other income measures. See User guide for Stats NZ’s wage and income measures (PDF, 318KB) for more information.

Changes in the number of paid jobs

“The new weekly earnings data means we have changed our paid job series,” Mr Neal said.

“This makes our paid job series comparable and consistent with our earning measures. The aim is to improve the quality of the indicators, without sacrificing timeliness.”

In the week ending 23 August, the 34-day series shows there were 2.195 million paid jobs, compared with 2.200 million jobs in the previous week.

Week endedNumber
2019-05-052090110
2019-05-122081300
2019-05-192097310
2019-05-262115180
2019-06-022130250
2019-06-092098050
2019-06-162107880
2019-06-232114400
2019-06-302119540
2019-07-072101410
2019-07-142105750
2019-07-212123440
2019-07-282138080
2019-08-042149340
2019-08-112131690
2019-08-182139890
2019-08-252145780
2019-09-012142950
2019-09-082108820
2019-09-152116540
2019-09-222145120
2019-09-292127060
2019-10-062160420
2019-10-132156540
2019-10-202165290
2019-10-272168890
2019-11-032196180
2019-11-102200540
2019-11-172222370
2019-11-242239740
2019-12-012242450
2019-12-082251260
2019-12-152252760
2019-12-222232110
2019-12-292133050
2020-01-052128470
2020-01-122130680
2020-01-192176880
2020-01-262192050
2020-02-022222040
2020-02-092195360
2020-02-162150400
2020-02-232083230
2020-03-012229270
2020-03-082214920
2020-03-152209650
2020-03-222231730
2020-03-292220240
2020-04-052194940
2020-04-122145000
2020-04-192157150
2020-04-262190540
2020-05-032201830
2020-05-102186420
2020-05-172202210
2020-05-242218820
2020-05-312214510
2020-06-072209430
2020-06-142210000
2020-06-212208000
2020-06-282194470
2020-07-052201830
2020-07-122177990
2020-07-192191840
2020-07-262199440
2020-08-022213880
2020-08-092199240
2020-08-162199780
2020-08-232195150

Employment indicators: Weekly as at 28 September includes more information, and data from the more timely measures. Stats NZ advise caution in making decisions based on this data.

This data series compliments the monthly employment indicators (MEI). The MEI is released with a monthly frequency around 28 days after end of reference month. It uses more robust statistical processes (for example, estimates for business non-response) so is released with more detailed information across industries and regions. It has a longer back series dating back to April 1999.

Employment indicators: August 2020 is the most recent release of MEI.

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