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Australia WA jobs market in modest recovery as state posts biggest jump in payroll jobs

07:51  30 june  2020
07:51  30 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Western Australia's employment market is showing further signs of modest recovery, recording the nation's biggest increase in payroll jobs in the same week as coronavirus restrictions were significantly eased across the state.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show payroll jobs in WA increased by 0.7 per cent in the week beginning June 6, which coincided with the state government's introduction of phase three coronavirus restrictions.

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In that week, the limit on non-work gatherings was lifted from 20 to 100 people, with pubs and restaurants permitted to offer seated service and alcohol without a meal.

Venues with multiple spaces were allowed to have up to 300 people divided into those areas.

At the same time, a raft of other businesses were allowed to reopen, including gyms, beauty and massage therapists, museums, galleries, cinemas, and amusement parks.

Queensland and South Australia were the only other states to record a growth in payroll jobs over the same period, at 0.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively.

The ABS data shows a positive trend for WA over the past month, with a 2.3 per cent recovery in payroll jobs in the four weeks to June 13.

Payroll jobs have fallen 4.4 per cent since the pandemic took hold in mid-March, when Australia recorded its 100th case of COVID-19.

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The accommodation and food service sectors continue to be the worst hit by job losses in WA, followed by arts and recreation services, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

'Long road ahead' on jobs

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the figures were "encouraging".

"They show that our economy is bouncing back more quickly than any other state in Australia … but it's a long road ahead," Mr McGowan said.

"It will take a long time to get back where we were, simply because there was such a dramatic impact on the state economy."

Mr McGowan said WA's status as a major trading economy meant it was more exposed to "what happens around the world".

"Our opening up of the economy, some of our reform initiatives no doubt will make a difference, but it will take a long time," he added.

"I expect high unemployment will be with us for a period of time to come, but we're doing everything that we can to get businesses back, to get people into the workforce and get economic activity happening."

More to come.

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