Data and trends
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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, 2018.
The largest employment sector in the Waikato region is Business services, with 13.8% of all employees. This is lower than the overall proportion of New Zealanders employed in Business services (19.7%).
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.
The following chart shows the change in employment in the five-year period from 2013 to 2018. The total number of employees in the Waikato region increased by 24,700 people (13%). Employment growth was highest in dairy manufacturing (50% increase), followed by construction (32% increase), and food and beverage manufacturing (31% increase).
Employment in dairy farming continued to decline (by 2%), perhaps in response to lower international dairy prices or technological efficiency improvements which mean fewer staff are required.