Labour Force

  • July 2020

    August 13, 2020

    Employment continued to recover between early June and early July.

    The reference period for the July labour force survey largely pre-dates the introduction of the ‘stage 3’ lockdown in Melbourne.

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  • June 2020

    July 16, 2020

    Employment surged a seasonally-adjusted 210.8k in June amid the nationwide relaxation of pandemic containment measures.

    The most recent weekly payrolls report suggests that the improvement stalled in the second half of June. There are also downside risks to labour market outlook associated with the re-imposition of containment measures in Victoria and change to JobKeeper arrangements.

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  • May 2020

    June 18, 2020

    Labour market conditions continued to deteriorate between early April and early May. Employment fell by a seasonally-adjusted 227.7k, while the unemployment rate increased to 7.1% which is the highest level since 2001.

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  • April 2020

    May 14, 2020

    Labour market experienced an unprecedented deterioration in conditions in April.

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  • March 2020

    April 16, 2018

    Employment posted a surprise increase in March of 5.9k in seasonally-adjusted terms.

    The March labour force survey predated the most severe measures, so the impact of the pandemic was not reflected in the data.

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  • February 2020

    September 19, 2018

    Employment growth remained relatively solid just ahead of the COVID-19 crisis.

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