Payroll jobs rose 0.4 per cent across the fortnight to 27 February 2021, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
The latest figures showed that the Hospitality industry (Accommodation and food services) continued to be the most affected by payroll job losses over the COVID-19 period. Payroll jobs in the industry were 11.6 per cent below mid-March, while payroll jobs across all industries were 0.2 per cent below.
Bjorn Jarvis, head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said: “After losing more than a third of Hospitality jobs early in the pandemic, around two in three (67.3 per cent) of these payroll job losses had been regained by the end of February.
“The recovery in Hospitality payroll job losses has continued to vary across states and territories. By the end of February, recovery was weakest in the Australian Capital Territory (55.3 per cent), Victoria (60.8 per cent) and New South Wales (66.5 per cent), and strongest in the Northern Territory (85.4 per cent).” Mr Jarvis said.
Hospitality represents the Accommodation and food services industry.
The ABS acknowledges the continued support from the Australian Taxation Office in enabling the ABS to produce the statistics providing weekly insights into the Australian labour market.