Jobs numbers continue to recover from the substantial fall in April, with rises in both May and June, New Zealand’s statistics department Stats NZ said on Tuesday.
Filled jobs were up by 2,053 in June 2020, to 2.2 million. This follows a rise of 14,399 jobs in May, Stats NZ said
“We have seen rises in the last two months following the sharp drop of over 35,000 jobs that occurred in April, when the full COVID-19 lockdown was in place,” economic statistics manager Sue Chapman said in a statement.
New Zealand moved to alert level 1 on June 8, and businesses operated for almost all of the month without restriction, Chapman said.
“While job numbers have recovered somewhat in May and June, they are still below pre-COVID levels. Filled job numbers in March and June are usually quite similar, but for this year June is nearly 20,000 jobs lower than March,” she said.
Amongst more significantly impacted industries, accommodation and food services is down 2,766 jobs since March, while arts and recreation services have 2,008 fewer filled jobs in June than in March.
Gross earnings for the June quarter were down 0.9 percent on earnings in the March quarter. This is the first time since the series began in 1999 that June quarter gross earnings were lower than March, Chapman said.
“While job numbers dropped and then started to recover, it is clear that salaries and wages received throughout the quarter have taken a hit,” she said.
By July 3, the government had paid out 12.7 billion New Zealand dollars (8.5 billion United States dollars) in COVID-19 wage subsidies, since March. Gross salaries and wages for the June quarter were 32.8 billion New Zealand dollars.
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