|Compared to the national average, a large proportion of the adult population (15 years plus) of Central Otago is in full or part time employment.
Throughout 2011 there were generally less than 150 people registered as unemployed in Central Otago, an unemployment rate of about 3%. This is at a time when national unemployment is in the order of 6.5%.
Unemployment in Central Otago has been lower than the national level for a number of years. While this highlights that there are many opportunities for people to work there are also a number of implications for new or expanding businesses in Central Otago:
- There may be a shortage of skilled or experienced labour to fill new roles. This is definitely so in the skilled trades area.
- Although the mean income is less than the national average, a large spread of the adult population will have some disposable income