Tasmanian jobs are increasing while all other states are going backwards, according to new data.
Only Tasmania (0.2 per cent) and the Northern Territory (0.3 per cent) had increases in job numbers between July 25 and August 8, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures based on payrolls.
Payroll jobs decreased by 0.8 per cent nationally, leaving them down by 4.9 per cent since the week ending on March 14, when Australia recorded its 100th confirmed coronavirus case.
Victoria was the hardest hit, losing 1.6 per cent of payroll jobs between July 25 and August 8, with the full effects of the Melbourne lockdown yet to roll into the figures.
That state was down by a nation’s worst 7.8 per cent since March 14.
Tasmania had lost 5 per cent of payroll jobs in that time.
The figures are the most recent available.
The ABS estimated about 21,800 Tasmanians lost employment between February and May as business and movement restrictions driven by the pandemic took force, but the total loss had decreased to about 8500 by July.
It estimated a net 2800 Tasmanians gained full-time work between June and July.
That left full-time employment down by 3900 since February.
Meanwhile, national ABS data from a survey released on Monday suggested that in June:
- Employed people with qualifications were more than twice as likely to have worked from home than those without qualifications (39 per cent to 19 per cent),
- fewer people than in May said they were concerned about their personal health because of coronavirus (54 per cent to 62 per cent); and
- people born overseas were likely to take more actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.