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New data underlines need for broader jobs support

  • ABS data shows Tasmania’s unemployment figures third worst in Australia
  • Almost 13,000 lost jobs yet to return
  • Broader recovery package needed to support all sectors

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reaffirms the need for a broader recovery package to ensure all Tasmanians are part of the COVID-19 recovery.

Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said while there has been some improvement in Tasmania’s payroll jobs figure, the state remains near the bottom of the nation’s league table in terms of total job losses.

“Total employment is still down five per cent since March, which equates to just under 13,000 job losses – the third worst result in the country, behind Victoria and the ACT.

“Those aged over 70 are still the worst affected, with employment down 19.1 per cent, followed by those aged between 20 and 29, down 7.7 per cent. Wages have also fallen by 4.5 per cent.

“While accommodation and food services continue to struggle amid ongoing border closures and restrictions, agriculture, forestry and fishing have also taken a massive hit, losing 3,200 jobs since mid-March.

“The delay to the replacement of the Spirt of Tasmania vessels only compounds the uncertainty, with industries relying on the increased capacity promised by the government by 2022 now forced to wait until 2028 at the earliest.

“The government’s focus on its infrastructure recovery package is designed to help the construction industry, but it does little to support the agriculture sector and other struggling industries like arts and recreation, finance and insurance, and administration.

Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package contains proposals across a range of sectors to get Tasmanians back into jobs, help those hardest hit by the pandemic and create a better and fairer economy and society.

“I urge the government to broaden its support for all Tasmanian workers so that everyone can be a part of our recovery.”

David O’Byrne
Shadow Treasurer