Tasmanian jobs increased by 0.5 per cent in the week to August 15 and 0.9 per cent in the week to August 22, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures based on payrolls.
Jobs held by under 20s increased by 4.5 per cent in the more recent week after a fall the week before.
“There are now more jobs for our youth than there were before the onset of the pandemic, with 3.2 per cent more jobs as at August 22 for those aged (under 20) compared to mid-March,” Finance Minister Michael Ferguson said.
Overall jobs were down by 4.1 per cent since March 14 in Tasmania and by 4.2 per cent nationally.
Lockdown-crippled Victoria was the only state or territory with a higher rate of job losses than Tasmania, at 7.9 per cent.
Mr Ferguson said the latest data “shows the number of jobs in Tasmania continues to grow as Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 gains momentum”.
“Over the two weeks to August 22, the number of payroll jobs in Tasmania grew 1.3 per cent, which was the highest growth rate in the country.
“We are also seeing steady improvements in jobs in our most impacted industries, such as hospitality and arts and recreation industries, and are cautiously optimistic that this will continue.
“This reflects the government’s steady, measured and responsible approach to our recovery.”
Under 20s were the only Tasmanian age group with more jobs since mid-March.