Steady increase in payroll jobs data

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Finance

The latest payroll data shows the number of jobs in Tasmania continues to grow as Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 gains momentum.

Over the two weeks to 22 August the number of payroll jobs in Tasmania grew 1.3 per cent, which was the highest growth rate in the country.

There are now more jobs for our youth than there were before the onset of the pandemic, with 3.2% more jobs as at 22 August for those aged 20 and under compared to mid-March.

We are also seeing steady improvements in jobs in our most impacted industries, such as hospitality and arts and recreation industries, and are cautiously optimistic that this will continue.

This reflects the Government’s steady, measured and responsible approach to our recovery.

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

Unlike Labor who continue to talk down our economy, question public health advice, and oppose jobs, the Government will continue to back Tasmanians and Tasmanian jobs, including in our impacted tourism industry with our $7.5 million tourism vouchers.

It’s measures like these that show that we have bold strategies to stimulate demand, drive job creation and explore new directions for Tasmania.

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