Salaried jobs drop 1% during end-June shutdowns: Australia

Salaried jobs fell 1.0% nationwide in the fortnight through July 3, 2021, following an increase of 0.4% in the previous fortnight, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Bjorn Jarvis, head of labor statistics at ABS, said: “The last fortnight of data overlapped with increased COVID-19 restrictions in most states and territories, including closures in four of the eight capitals. It also coincided with school vacations in most states and territories.

“Salaried jobs fell in all states and territories in the fortnight to July 3, 2021, with the largest declines seen in states and territories with closures during that time. This ranged from a drop of 1.4% in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, to 1.1% in Western Australia and 1.0% in Queensland.

“Until the end of June and early July, residents of capital cities and surrounding urban areas were generally more affected by the loss of salaried jobs than rural and regional areas. This was especially true in New South Wales, where salaried jobs in Greater Sydney fell 1.9%, compared to a drop of 0.4% in the rest of New South Wales, ”Mr. Jarvis.

“A larger impact was also observed in Greater Brisbane compared to the rest of Queensland, but the impacts were more uniform in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.”

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