Victorian payroll jobs fall 2.1% into early June: Australia

Payroll jobs fell by 0.9 per cent nationally in the fortnight to 5 June 2021, following a 0.4 per cent rise in the previous fortnight, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Bjorn Jarvis, head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said: “The latest fortnight of data partly overlapped with the first nine days of the lockdown in Victoria. Payroll jobs in the state fell by 2.1 per cent over the fortnight.

“Almost every industry in Victoria saw a fall in payroll jobs during this period, with the largest falls seen in the Accommodation and food services, and Arts and recreation services industries (down 10.2 per cent and 8.0 per cent).

“Each lockdown sees falls in Accommodation and food services payroll jobs, reflecting the impact that restrictions have on this industry.

“While the fall in payroll jobs is generally greatest in the state or territory of the lockdown, restrictions that affect interstate travel may also contribute to falls in payroll jobs in the Accommodation and food services industry in other states and territories. Payroll jobs in the industry fell in almost every state and territory across the fortnight.”

The Northern Territory was the only state or territory with an increase (up 0.3 per cent) in payroll jobs in the industry over the fortnight, and the only state or territory where payroll jobs in the industry were above pre-pandemic levels.

Accommodation and food services, percentage change in payroll jobs by state and territory

Change between the weeks ending 22 May and 5 June 2021 (%)
Victoria-10.2
Tasmania-3.5
South Australia-3.3
Australian Capital Territory-2.2
Queensland-2.0
Western Australia-1.1
New South Wales-0.4
Northern Territory0.3

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