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Cambridge and the Waipa District has been among New Zealand's strongest performers since the year 2001 in terms of employment growth.

Between then and 2011, Waipa benefitted from an average annual employment growth of 2.4%, compared with a national decline of 1.2% a year.

employment-handshake cambridge-isiteDuring the decade, Waipa's job growth was the eighth best of of 72 local authorities monitored by economics firm Infometrics. Between 2009 and 2011, Waipa's performance was the third best.

The report showed local job opportunities were being helped by growth in key industries such as dairy farming (which provides more than a tenth of local jobs), agriculture and forestry, and the wholesale and retail trade. Cambridge's biggest single employer is Fonterra, the country's largest company and which produces 30% of the world's dairy products.

The equine industry also plays a major part in the Cambridge economy, with the Waikato employing more than half of the industry's national workforce and exporting more than $150 million of bloodstock a year, many of them born and raised in paddocks on the outskirts of the town.

Cambridge's central location is also conducive to helping find jobs for residents willing to commute. For instance, the Waipa District Council estimates one in five Cambridge residents travel daily for work in Hamilton.

The town has several employment agencies capable of helping employers and those seeking roles.



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