Payroll jobs rose 0.4 per cent in Victoria over the fortnight to 14 November and 0.1 per cent nationally, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
Bjorn Jarvis, head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said: “The latest data showed further signs of a recovery in Victoria with a rise in payroll jobs for the third consecutive fortnight, however they remain 5.4 per cent lower than mid-March.”
“Nationally, payroll jobs also rose for the third fortnight in a row, but remain 2.9 per cent lower than mid-March.
“Accommodation and food services and Arts and recreation services industries continued to be the most affected across Australia. By 14 November, these industries had recovered around three out of five payroll jobs lost since mid-April (58.7 per cent and 62.4 per cent).
“In Victoria, payroll jobs in Accommodation and food services and Arts and recreation services each rose 3.1 per cent in the fortnight to 14 November, compared to a rise of 0.8 per cent for each industry nationally.”
The end of the calendar year is a time of pronounced seasonal increases in employment, and should be considered when interpreting changes in payroll jobs data over the period.