Payroll jobs continue to fall in Australia

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Payroll jobs fell 0.8 per cent across the fortnight to 17 October, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Bjorn Jarvis, Head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said: “Nationally, payroll jobs fell for the second fortnight in a row, and were 4.4 per cent lower than mid-March. This fall includes a flattening in payroll jobs for the most recent week.”

“The accommodation and food services and Arts and recreation services industries have suffered the largest losses in payroll jobs during the COVID-19 period. By 17 October, these industries remained 18.0 per cent and 15.0 per cent lower than mid-March,” Mr Jarvis said.

“The Northern Territory has the lowest payroll job losses since mid-March (1.3 per cent), closely followed by Western Australia (1.4 per cent). Payroll job losses continued to be greatest in Victoria (8.0 per cent).”

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“Over the month to 17 October, payroll jobs fell by 1.7 per cent across Australia. Decreases were seen in all states and territories over the month, ranging from 2.1 per cent in New South Wales and Tasmania to 0.6 per cent in South Australia.“

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