The 2013 Census records that out of a total Central Otago District labour force of 9,990 people 7,377 (73.8%) were employed full time, 2,352 (23.5%) were employed part time and 261 (2.6%) were unemployed.  

The Census recorded that unemployment in the district was considerably below the New Zealand rate of 7.1% and that the percentages of the district population in full employment, part time employment and unemployed had not changed greatly across the 2001, 2006 and 2013 censuses.

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.

The 2013 Census revealed that the median income (half earn more, and half earn less) of people 15 years and over in Central Otago District was $28,200 which was slightly below the median income of $28,500 for New Zealand as a whole.

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Business Groups & Organisations
There are a range of business groups and organisations in Central Otago for networking, advice and business support. Find out details of when and where they meet and how you can contact them. Read More

Economic Development Strategy
The Economic Development strategy’s key purpose is to help the Central Otago community focus on issues that impact on our economic and social well-being, and to suggest some of the actions we can take over the next few years to address them. Read More
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference 'A World of Difference' defines what is uniquely Central Otago as a place and a community. Read More

Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes
Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes Meet some unique and passionate Central Otago locals and be introduced to their favourite places and activities. Read More

Food & Wine
Food & Wine Central Otago is a place of sheer indulgence – whether it’s fine dining, a casual al-fresco lunch or café culture. You will be spoilt for choice when enjoying local fare and award winning wines at the great selection of cafés, restaurants, cellar doors and country pubs. Read More
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