Unemployment rose by 37,000 people - the highest rise since 1986.
The official unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points, but other key workforce measures rose.
The Statistics New Zealand household labour force survey shows unemployment has gone down a notch.
Economists weigh in on rising unemployment figures ahead of household labour force survey results.
An investigation into Bidfood has already been launched.
Economist Brad Olsen warns 250,000 Kiwis could be out of work over the next year or two.
It's introduced a suite of extra support and resources for those affected by COVID-19.
New Zealand's coronavirus response has done major economic damage.