Tasmanian jobs picking up, new payroll figures show | The Advocate

Tasmanian jobs picking up, new payroll figures show | The Advocate

June 30, 2020 Off By administrator

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Tasmania’s tentative economic recovery looks to be firming, with an estimated 2300 jobs regained or created in the first fortnight of June. Economist Saul Eslake made the calculation based on Australian Bureau of Statistics payrolls data. He estimated the state had regained or created about 4300 jobs since the week ending on May 2. However, payroll employment was still down by an estimated 18,900 jobs (7.3 per cent) from the week ending on March 14, before the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Eslake said payroll employment was down by about 23,200 jobs (9 per cent) at its worst point in the week ending on May 2. He said the job estimates should be regarded as rough approximations at best. The payroll data counted jobs, not people, it excluded employers and the self-employed and double counted people with two or more jobs. Tasmania’s 7.3 per cent decline in payroll jobs between March 14 and June 13 was the second worst in the nation, ahead of only Victoria. ABS regional figures to May 30 suggested payrolls picked up in all Tasmanian regions except the South-East in that week. They increased by 0.9 per cent in the North-West and West, 0.2 per cent in Launceston and the North-East and 0.3 per cent in Hobart, but fell by 0.5 per cent in the South-East. “While these figures confirm that around 20,000 jobs have been lost since the COVID-19 crisis began, it looks like job losses have stabilised, unlike in New South Wales and Victoria, which continued to see a reduction in employment for early June,” Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey said. “Importantly, with the exception of the South-East, all regions in Tasmania experienced jobs growth in late May. “We need to see the Tasmanian government continue to bring forward stimulus measures to boost confidence and support continued jobs growth, especially in regional areas.” Mr Eslake said women and young people continued to bear the brunt of job losses, in Tasmania and elsewhere. He said the number of payroll jobs held by women in Tasmania was now 7.9 per cent below its pre-pandemic level, having fallen by 11.4 per cent at its greatest extent. Male payroll employment was down by a net 6.1 per cent since the week ending on March 14. The number of payroll jobs held by Tasmanian teenagers was 10.5 per cent below its pre-pandemic level, having initially fallen by 20.9 per cent. The number of jobs held by Tasmanians in their 20s was 10.2 per cent below its pre-pandemic level. “The net job losses among people aged 30-70 have been much smaller,” Mr Eslake said. While you’re with us, did you know that you can now sign up to receive breaking news updates and daily headlines direct to your inbox? Sign up here.

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