"Perhaps more importantly, long-term unemployment, that is, people who have been unemployed for 12 months or more, is also relatively low in New Zealand ... In 2020, long-term unemployed was only 8.9% of total unemployed in New Zealand."
Is that a surprise to you?
Their statistic comes from the OECD which in turn derives its data from the NZ Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS).
According to the latest September HLFS quarter supplementary tables (Table 4) only 8,800 individuals had been unemployed for over a year.
I summed the final row which shows a total lower than the reported 98,000 unemployed. The explanation is, "These categories will not sum to total unemployed due to the exclusion of unemployment durations not specific enough to fit into one of the stated categories." I take that to mean if the respondent had been unemployed for 4.5 weeks for instance they couldn't be categorised. But 'over 1 year' is very specific so we can stick with 8,800.
Lindsay Mitchell is a welfare commentator who blogs HERE.