Payroll jobs data shows signs of steady recovery

Peter Gutwein,Premier & Treasurer

COVID-19 has disrupted economies around Australia and Tasmania is not immune.

However, today’s ABS payroll jobs data shows that we should be cautiously optimistic as we continue along our path of recovery and rebuild a stronger Tasmania.

Tasmania was one of just two jurisdictions to see jobs growth over the month to 8 August, with growth of 0.6 per cent, reflecting the Government’s steady, responsible and glide-path approach to our recovery.

This latest data builds on the labour force data for July which shows that 13,400 jobs have returned since the height of the pandemic’s impacts in May.

As a state we have responded strongly and while we have focussed on saving lives we are also focussed on rebuilding lives.

Unlike Labor who are constantly talking down our economy and running an anti-Tasmanian anti-jobs campaign, we know the best way to create jobs for Tasmanians right around our state is to grow business confidence and our economy and that is what we are doing.

The Government will continue to back Tasmanians and Tasmanian jobs. We have bold strategies to drive job creation and explore new opportunities for Tasmania, including local content, manufacturing and ship-building in the replacement Spirits of Tasmania.

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