New jobs are on the rise, according to new data from an online job agency.
According to seek.co.nz, the number of new jobs has increased 6.4% compared to the same time last year.
Janet Faulding, the general manager of Seek New Zealand, said the increase in job ads was seen across the country.
"This is an encouraging sign for the New Zealand labour market," she said.
"Seek saw strong job ad numbers in May and now, for the first time since December 2011, month-on-month growth has been seen nationwide, with jobs up 3.8% from April."
Canterbury's statistics shone, with 4.6% growth in May and 33% higher than a year earlier, according to Faulding.
Job growth also strengthened in the main centres, Auckland and Wellington.
"Growth pervaded all regions monitored by the Seek New Job Ad Index this month and this is a positive indicator of emerging strength in the labour market," said Faulding.
"May's rise in job numbers can in part be attributed to the strengthening housing market and building activity picking up, which are beneficial for the economy as a whole. This will likely be reinforced as reconstruction activity in Canterbury increases throughout the year."
Faulding said the New Zealand economy is slowly improving, but there is still an underlying air of financial uncertainty globally.