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Unemployment has fallen to very low levels during the time of COVID-19. Which groups in the population have benefitted the most? And can low unemployment last?

How has COVID affected NZ’s labour force? Despite the turmoil the pandemic has caused, there has been remarkable stability. But there are challenges ahead.

We summarise what we liked and what could have been better in Budget 2022.

New Zealand released its first Emissions Reduction Plan, which sets out how we will meet our first emissions budget. The plan seems ambitious and not entirely convincing.

The Black Budget reminds us that budgets can destroy political careers. This article looks at the Black Budget to understand why it was so unpopular. 

March 2022 inflation results officially show what we already knew. Prices of necessities like food, housing and transport all increased, putting households under pressure

Māori authority businesses continue to display resilience in the face of economic turmoil.

We take a look at how New Zealand was back in the 1950s, when BERL was founded. We explore the differences in our economy, population and culture at that time.

The latest survey reflects the wariness felt by businesses. The biggest problems facing businesses is no longer just the pandemic. 

We look at money markets since the year 2000 to try and get a handle on how interest rates might move in the near future.

Fast growth in Asian, Māori and Pacific populations will lead to increased ethnic diversity across the nation.

GDP rose less than most observers expected in the fourth quarter of 2021, though by more than the Reserve Bank was picking.

We explain what’s causing the price of everything from food to housing and travel to skyrocket, and what the future holds.

With the borders opened for citizens and residents young professionals will look elsewhere for better employment opportunities, as wages are stagnant at home.

Despite a small improvement in 2021, the average household in the lowest income group paid a staggering 41 percent of its disposable income on housing.

High productivity growth can lift living standards greatly, but New Zealand’s record has been poor for decades. Will this begin to improve anytime soon?

Rents continue to increase and food prices are rocketing. These increases will hurt low income households disproportionately. 

The labour market is under stress, growing demand for labour combined with closed borders puts pressure on wages, but inflation is putting pressure on workers.

Over the past decade, our exports to China have more than doubled and trade with Australia has fallen. We take a look at some of the trends shaping our export revenue.

The easing of restrictions in Auckland just in time for Black Friday created the perfect scenario for a lift in sales of apparel and household items.

Beef, dairy and sheep farms will enjoy a profitable season so why is there a feeling of unease?

In the year to September 2021, a massive 47,330 residential building consents were issued. We look at how well actual building activity is keeping up with this demand

Budget 2022 will see significant investment to address long term challenges, with $6 billion of new spending to support reform programmes.

GDP has been bouncing up and down in recent quarters, and it has fallen in the latest quarter. But the key question is what will happen in the first half of 2022.

Budget 2022 will see the establishment of a $4.5 billion Climate Emergency Response Fund, to help us meet our emissions reductions targets.

The news headlines on the latest Monetary Policy Statement were about the OCR, but the real story was what it said about inflation.

We take a look at the current data on producer input price indices. These show a marked increase in the year to September 2021.

StatsNZ has released as an experimental series, an annual population count developed entirely from administrative data sources. Let’s see what can be done with it.

New Zealand is a nation dependent on international migration for significant population growth. But, with borders closed, what happened to population growth in 2021?

Supply chain pressures, higher house prices and relatively full employment have driven annual inflation to 4.9 percent its highest level since 2008.