Regions

Growth spread across regions

Regional employment growth over the next three years is forecast to be spread across regions.

Auckland is forecast to make up about 40 per cent of the total employment growth across the three years, spread across a number of industries. The region is also likely to make up 30 per cent of national employment growth in construction-related activities. Employment in the Canterbury region is likely to remain elevated for the next two years, but with much slower growth in the construction sector than seen recently as the rebuild activities level out.

Overall, North Island growth is highest in the Auckland, Waikato and Taranaki regions and there is strong growth across the South Island, with the exception of the Nelson region.

Regional Council
2016-2019
 
(000)
(AAPC*)
Northland 1.5 0.8%
Auckland 58.8 2.4%
Waikato 13.1 2.3%
Bay of Plenty 7.4 1.5%
Gisborne 0.5 0.8%
Hawke's Bay 2.7 1.1%
Taranaki 4.2 2.3%
Manawatu-Wanganui 3.3 1.0%
Wellington 14.2 1.8%
Nelson 0.7 0.8%
Tasman 1.9 3.1%
Marlborough 3.6 3.6%
West Coast 1.8 3.2%
Canterbury 19.9 2.1%
Otago 12.3 3.2%
Southland 2.6 1.6%
Total 148.3 2.1%

Source: MBIE-Labour, short-term employment model and regional decomposition
*AAPC- annual average percentage change.

Detailed regional employment forecasts for 28 industries and 97 occupations [XLSX 305KB].

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