Unemployment rate has fallen to 5.3 percent, the lowest since March 2009.

Herald Insights interactive visualisation shows the difference between different ethnicities, broken down by various age groups.

The rate has fallen for Pacific peoples to 9.7 percent.

The visualisation shows how the global financial recession impacted ethnicities differently.

Despite the rise in employment, the percentage of population participating in the labour forces has fallen 0.3 percent.

There are 14,000 people without jobs who are not looking for work in the last three months.

The following graph shows how participation rates have changed for different ethnic groups since 2007.

There has been a rise in Asian population participation, while for Pacific peoples the rate has not reached pre-recession levels.

The number of jobless has continued to rise despite the drop in the number of unemployed people.