Unemployment rate the lowest in 10 years

New Zealand's unemployment rate is the smallest it has been in at least 10 years, at 3.9 percent.

It has fallen 0.8 percentage points since this time last year, according to Statistics NZ.

The figures showed the number of people unemployed since June 2018 has fallen by 13,000.

Labour market and household statistics senior manager Jason Attewell said other economic indicators have shown strong growth in 2018.

"We've seen population growth in the regions, reports of more job ads, high levels of migration and tourism, growing retail sales, and rising exports."

Both men and women have experienced falling rates of unemployment, with women's unemployment down 0.6 percentage points since June, and men down 0.3 percentage points.

Stats NZ report Northland has the highest rate of unemployment in the country, a whole 2.3 percentage points higher than the country's average.

The highest unemployment rate in the last 10 years was recorded in September 2012, at 6.7 percent.