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The data is from from Infometrics’ Regional Industry Employment Model (RIEM). The graph below shows the proportion employed by the largest industry sectors in the Waikato region compared with the rest of New Zealand, for the year ending March 31, 2017.
The largest employment sector in the Waikato region is Wholesale and retail trade, with 13 per cent of all employees. Dairy farming and processing, a relatively important sector in the Waikato region, employed 5.0 per cent of the Waikato labour force and only 1.6 per cent of the entire New Zealand labour force. Business services employed 19 per cent across New Zealand and 13 per cent in the Waikato region.
The following chart shows the change in employment in the five-year period from 2012 to 2017. The total number of employees in the Waikato region increased by 17,000 people (9.1 per cent). Employment growth was highest in dairy manufacturing (23% increase), followed by construction (22% increase) and meat manufacturing (20% increase).
Employment in dairy farming declined by 5%, perhaps in response to lower international dairy prices or technological efficiency improvements which mean fewer staff are required.