Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    WA leading nation in the recovery of jobs during COVID-19

    28/07/2020 12:30 PM
    • In Western Australia, 62 per cent of jobs displaced by COVID-19 in late April had been recovered by July 11
    • ABS payroll jobs data reaffirms the importance of WA's hard border closure
    • McGowan Government delivering $5.5 billion Recovery Plan to continue WA's economic recovery 

    New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today shows Western Australia is leading the nation in the recovery of jobs since the outbreak of COVID-19.


    According to the ABS payroll data, which provides an indicator of employment during the COVID-19 period, 62 per cent of the jobs displaced in Western Australia by late April had been recovered by July 11, 2020.


    It also showed Western Australia has recorded the lowest decline in the number of jobs in the nation, down 3.1 per cent compared to a 5.6 per cent fall nationally, since March 14, 2020, when Australia recorded its 100th COVID-19 case. 


    This latest data release continues to reflect the positive impacts of the easing of restrictions in Western Australia. 


    The data now incorporates the impact of the Phase 4 easing of restrictions on June 27, which, among other things, removed limits on social gatherings, the requirement for seated service only in restaurants and pubs, as well as the resumption of unseated performances in live music venues and bars.


    Industries hardest hit by job losses, including the accommodation and food services, and arts and recreation services, have improved significantly as restrictions have been eased. 


    In addition, jobs for women and younger workers have also recovered strongly after being disproportionately impacted by restrictions.


    Earlier this month, the ABS Labour Force report for June showed an increase of 22,000 jobs in Western Australia - the second highest monthly increase for jobs on record and the highest since March 1993.


    Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:


    "Today's ABS payroll jobs data is an encouraging sign that the jobs displaced due to the COVID-19 restrictions continue to be recovered. 


    "This is in line with other indicators such as job advertisements, which had almost returned to pre-COVID levels.


    "Western Australia's hard border has allowed the Western Australian economy to open up faster than any other State, allowing businesses to restart and people to get back to work sooner.


    "The McGowan Government is working hard to ensure that all jobs lost due to COVID-19 are recovered, as well as creating thousands more. 


    "Our unprecedented $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan will help to drive our economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of jobs and opportunities for local businesses."


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