The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to hit Aotearoa's tourism sector hard, according to new data released by Statistics New Zealand.
Some of the country's key tourism destinations like Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland experienced some of the largest drops in filled jobs in the September quarter.
The Queenstown-Lakes district had 1155 fewer jobs in that period, compared to the same quarter last year, which is a 5.3 percent decrease.
Jobs filled in the Rotorua district decreased by 1.1 percent while Auckland had a 0.4 percent fall, possibly due to the region spending part of the quarter under an alert level 3 lockdown.
Filled jobs also fell by 2.9 percent in the Waitomo district and by 2.7 percent in the Ruapehu district.
"The falls in these popular tourist destinations coincided with the wage subsidies finishing and COVID-19 border restrictions interrupting international tourism," business insights manager Sue Chapman said.
"These decreases are part of an overall weaker picture for both filled jobs and gross earnings across a number of industries, since the onset of COVID-19."
Total filled jobs were up only 0.2 percent in the September quarter, compared with 2019.