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NZ filled jobs remain steady

New Zealand’s national employment indicator showed that the number of filled jobs held by wage and salary earners decreased slightly in January 2012, down 0.2 percent, compared with December 2011, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday.

"After a slight increase in December 2011, the number of seasonally adjusted filled jobs in January 2012 is back to where it was in November 2011," industry and labour statistics manager Diane Ramsay said.

Compared with the same month last year, the number of seasonally adjusted filled jobs in January 2012 was up 1.3 percent. This is the 21st consecutive month where there were more seasonally adjusted filled jobs than there were in the same month of the previous year.

The national employment indicator is an experimental series that covers filled jobs held by people being paid a wage or salary during the month. It provides an early indication of change in the number of filled jobs at the national level. The focus should be on changes and movements between months, rather than the level of filled jobs.

(Source: Statistics New Zealand)