The number of job advertisements has risen for the second successive month.
The ANZ Bank's monthly survey found seasonally adjusted job ads rose 3.7 percent to 35,520 in February.
The biggest contributor to February's rise was a 3.9 percent rise in internet advertising.
Newspaper advertising also rose by 2.3 percent but remains more than 6 percent lower than this time last year.
On a regional basis, Otago, Waikato, Canterbury and Hawke's Bay rose in February but Wellington and Manawatu lost ground
Of the main centres, Canterbury remains the strongest.
The bank says the lift indicates unemployment, currently at 6 percent, will continue to decline gradually in the coming months.