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8 September 2020

12:20 PM

8 September 2020

12:20 PM

Read it and weep. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 22 August 2020 — fresh off the email — demonstrates yet again the “We had to destroy the village in order to save it” inanity that is Daniel Andrews coronavirus strategy.

Here are the key grabs:

Payroll jobs across Australia fell by 0.4 per cent over the month to 22 August, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Bjorn Jarvis, head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said: “Over the month to 22 August, payroll jobs fell by 2.0 per cent in Victoria while for the rest of Australia, payroll jobs rose 0.1 per cent. While payroll jobs continued to fall in Victoria into the third week of August, it was at a slower rate than earlier in the month.”

The nation crawled a centimetre forward. Victoria slipped back:

Nationally, payroll jobs at 22 August were 4.2 per cent below mid-March, when Australia recorded its 100th confirmed COVID-19 case. Payroll jobs in Victoria were 7.9 per cent below the level reported in mid-March, compared with 2.9 per cent for the rest of Australia.

Victoria isn’t just doing twice as bad as the rest of Australia. It’s getting nearer to three times.

The ABS continues:

Across Australia, payroll jobs in the Accommodation and food services and the Arts and recreation services industries have suffered the largest losses during the COVID-19 period.

“While Accommodation and food services and Arts and recreation services have recovered close to half (40 per cent and 49 per cent) of payroll jobs lost since the low point in mid-April, they remain 21per cent and 14 per cent lower than mid-March,” Mr Jarvis said.“These industries remain particularly hard hit in Victoria, where payroll jobs were 38 per cent and 23 per cent respectively below mid-March,” Mr Jarvis said.

And remember. Victoria counts for a quarter of this country’s economic activity. Or used to.

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