Council & City

Economic updates

Read economic reports for Palmerston North and the Manawatū-Whanganui region.

Palmerston North snapshot

Palmerston North had an estimated population of 90,500 people in June 2021, annual employment of 52,900 jobs in February 2021 and total annual earnings (salaries, wages and self-employment income) of $3,260 million in the year to March 2020.

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See a snapshot of local economic data and trends.

Quarterly economic monitor

This report provides an overview key indicators of economic activity in Palmerston North and Infometrics' estimate of annual GDP growth in the city. The last four quarters of GDP data are provisional and will be revised once annual employment and earnings data is published in December. The report is updated every three months.

Long-term projections

These reports are produced to provide a better understanding of what contributes to population, household and economic growth in the city and the longer-term outlook for growth. The projections report is updated every two to three years. 

Core Cities

The Core Cities analysis was developed to better understand the role and economic contribution the largest cities make to the New Zealand economy and to identify the “competitive advantage and distinctiveness” of each city-region. It is planned to update the analysis for Palmerston North when Census 2018 data is available.

Manawatū-Whanganui regional economic report

These reports provide an overview of economic trends for sub-regions in the Manawatū-Whanganui region and brief overviews for each territorial authority. The report is updated every six months.

Monthly and quarterly updates

We also produce monthly and quarterly economic updates for the region, which are distributed by the Central Economic Development Agency, CEDA. You can read these reports on the CEDA website.