COVID-19 economic data

MBIE is sourcing, analysing and interpreting a wide range of data for sectors and regions as part of the response to COVID-19.

MBIE's analysis and interpretation uses historical data to understand context as well as incorporating novel data sources available in real time. A range of resources are compiled to support policy advice and monitoring and provide the evidence base for the recovery phase.

Resources linked here will be the latest available and updated as new information comes to hand and efforts allow.


The Construction factsheet presents insights into the impacts of COVID-19 and future outlook of the construction sector. It brings together and summarises a range of publicly available data in one place. The broad themes in this 3-4 page snapshot are Workforce, Construction enterprises, Activity, and Outlook.

Consumer spend

The COVID-19 Consumer Spend dashboard(external link) was developed by MBIE to help users understand the impact of COVID-19 on consumer spending in NZ over time. The data comes from Marketview who provide MBIE with the underlying data for the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs).

The dashboard contains weekly consumer spend data that indicates change in expenditure patterns in the economy, and online spending data sourced from BNZ card holders showing how online spend has changed relative to physical spend (spending in person).

Weekly ECT spendchange vs last year line graph.

Chart of Weekly ECT spend change vs last year. Example of the charts available on the dashboard.

Please take note of the caveats within the dashboard.

COVID-19 Consumer Spend dashboard(external link)


A range of real time data is summarised in the Energy factsheet and presents information on electricity demand, oil stocks, retail fuel and gas use and production.

Energy factsheet 29 August to 4 September 2020 [PDF, 345 KB]

Essential services workforce

MBIE’s estimates of the size and characteristcs of the workforce under COVID-19 Alert Levels Four and Three.  Estimates of essental services and those able to work to undertake work from home are provided for breakdowns such as industry, region, gender and ethnicity.

Essential services workforce factsheet [PDF, 307 KB]

Labour market fact sheet

The monthly labour market fact sheet summarises high-frequency and timely data and surveys with a focus around the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market. It covers filled jobs, benefit recipients, COVID-19 wage subsidy and some survey results.

Monthly labour market fact sheet


The Manufacturing factsheet presents novel and existing data sources to provide information on manufacturing's contribution to the New Zealand economy and workforce. This covers trade flows, workforce and essential services, sector performance and outlook, and the interlinkages of manufacturing across the economy.

Manufacturing factsheet [PDF, 382 KB]


These factsheets provide insight into New Zealand’s COVID-19 response at a regional council level. They combine existing data sources with new and novel data to both illustrate how each region may be vulnerable to the economic impact of COVID-19, and to track how each region is recovering.

Regional factsheets(external link)

Research and funding

A central source of data about COVID-19 research and funding.

COVID-19 research database


Data on the current state and future bookings in the tourism sector, as part of the response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Tourism data factsheets: COVID-19 response


A range of real time data is combined with historical data to understand the transport sector for the Transport factsheet. This presents novel and existing data sources to provide information on workforce and essential services, trade flows, vehicle traffic, and connections for transport across the economy.

Transport factsheet [PDF, 287 KB]

Last updated: 08 September 2020