27 Mar 2012

Waged jobs down slightly

5:28 pm on 27 March 2012

The number of jobs filled by wage and salary earners has edged down.

Statistics New Zealand's national employment indicator fell 0.2% in January, compared with the previous month.

Compared with a year ago, the number of seasonally-adjusted filled jobs rose 1.3%.

The indicator provides an early indication of change in the number, rather than the level, of filled jobs.

The unemployment rate slipped to 6.3% in the last three months of 2011.

Last week, the Department of Labour forecast the labour market to improve gradually over the next two years, anticipating nearly 94,000 new jobs.