Victoria’s second wave causes biggest fall in payroll jobs

More bad news today for Victorians looking for work as the latest payroll jobs figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm that Victoria has been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Andrews Labor Government’s second wave.

Since the start of the pandemic in March, payroll jobs have fallen by 8 per cent, which is at least double the rate of every other state in mainland Australia.

The reduction in total wages in Victoria since the start of the pandemic is 6.2 per cent, which is worse than every other state.

This news follows the most recent ABS employment figures for September 2020 which saw a further 36,000 Victorians lose their job, and 55,000 more Victorians give up looking for work.

The Liberal Nationals’ Back to Work Plan will generate new jobs throughout the Victorian economy and return job security, and the feeling of security, to all Victorians.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“The payroll jobs data released today is another punch in the stomach for long-suffering Victorians who are looking for work.

“They show the economic disaster caused by the Andrews Labor Government’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing.

“While Victorians have done the right thing and should be looking forward to coming out of tough restrictions with a sense of hope, these numbers will destroy those hopes.

“Daniel Andrews and Labor need to provide meaningful support to help create jobs in small businesses and private enterprise, so Victorians can get back to work and back in business. This means making sure there are no new or increased taxes in this month’s State Budget.”

Media contact:     Anja Wolff     0435 827 028     anja.wolff@opposition.vic.gov.au