New Zealand employment rose 0.6% qoq in Q1, in line with expectation. Unemployment rate dropped to 4.4%, below expectation of 4.5%. That’s also the fifth consecutive quarter of decline in unemployment rate, and it hit lowest level since December 2008.

In addition, the underutilization rate dropped to 11.9%, down from 12.2%. That reflects 9200 fewer people are were underemployed. Labour force participation rate dropped 0.1% to 70.8%. Employment rate was unchanged at 67.7%.

Below is a video explanation by Stats NZ on the data.

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