Tasmania looks to have returned to jobs growth after its recovery from the coronavirus crash hit a pothole in July.
Payroll jobs increased by 1 per cent between July 18 and July 25, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates.
That followed a loss of 0.7 per cent of jobs in the previous week.
Economist Saul Eslake said the 0.3 per cent increase over the last two weeks of July partly reversed a 0.4 per cent decline in the first two weeks of the month.
The number of payroll jobs … is still 5.8 per cent below what it was in the week ended March 14 …
“The number of payroll jobs in Tasmania is still 5.8 per cent below what it was in the week ended March 14, after which restrictions began to be imposed, having recovered by 3.2 per cent since the low point in the week ended May 2,” Mr Eslake said.
Only coronavirus-hammered Victoria had fared worse, losing 6.7 per cent of payroll jobs since March 14.
Several Tasmanian industries made significant employment gains in the last fortnight of July.
“By industry, the largest gains in payroll employment over the last two weeks of July were in retail trade, transport, postal and warehousing services and rental, hiring and real estate services, each with gains of 2.0 per cent,” Mr Eslake said.
“At the other end of the spectrum, the number of payroll jobs in public administration and safety fell by 4.6 per cent, while the number employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing fell – again – by 2 per cent.
” … since mid-March, the sector with proportionately the largest number of job losses continues to be accommodation and food services, with a decline of 16.6 per cent, although that represents a significant comeback from a decline of 34.8 per cent between mid-March and the week ended April 18.”
He said the other sector initially hardest hit by restrictions on the movement and gathering of people – arts and recreation services – had a net decline in payroll employment since mid-March of 13.9 per cent.
The sector’s jobs were down by as much as 31.3 per cent in the week ending April 18.