Stats NZ has announced that filled jobs plunged by 7,418 in July in comparison with June 2020, and stood at 2.2 million, majorly demonstrating seasonal rather than COVID-19 effects.
Notably, the decline was followed by a surge in May and June amid lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, and filled jobs were around 30,000 lower in July than they were in March 2020.
In July 2020, filled Jobs in administrative and support services (including fruit packing and employment placement services) declined by 5,907.
During March to July 2020, filled jobs in government and health-related industries soared by 5,405 jobs; and retail, accommodation, and food services noted a fall of 4,762.
Furthermore, Gross earnings (comprising of salaries and wages paid where employers were subsidised by the COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme) for January to July 2020 were $77.9 billion versus $76.5 billion in 2019.