Victoria responsible for 71.8% of the nation’s payroll job losses

Latest figures show that almost three quarters of Australian job losses in early September were in Victoria following the Andrews Labor Government’s harsh lockdowns.

Payroll jobs Australia-wide fell by 0.7 per cent in the fortnight to 11 September 2021, following a larger fall of 1.5 per cent in the previous fortnight, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Payroll jobs were below pre-pandemic levels in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, all of which had lockdowns in effect.

Given Victoria’s large share of jobs in Australia, payroll job losses accounted for almost three-quarters (71.8 per cent) of all jobs lost during the fortnight.

Payroll jobs in Greater Melbourne fell by 2.1 per cent, compared with a 1.1 per cent fall in the rest of Victoria.

Victorians need a safe pair of hands and a plan for recovery rather than the Andrews Labor Government running Victoria’s finances on a wing and a prayer.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Treasurer, David Davis:

“Almost three quarters of Australian job losses in early September were Victorian jobs, a damning indictment of Daniel Andrews’ harsh, ongoing and ultimately ineffective lockdown.

“The human cost to the individuals and families dependant on these lost jobs is profound and very troubling.

“The Victorian economy is suffering much worse than the rest of the nation and our citizens are being thrown out of work in frightening numbers.

“Does Daniel Andrews even care about getting our state back on track?”