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Labour market cycles across different groups: What does history tell us? Part III: Regions

Shaun Markham, Murat Özbilgin, Finn Robinson

Key Findings

  • We analyse how New Zealand’s regions have been impacted by previous labour market cycles.
  • We find that different regions experience very different labour market cycles. For example, Northland’s unemployment rate typically increases by twice as much as Wellington’s during labour market contractions.

Further work will compare these findings with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis in more detail.