6160.0.55.001 - Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 18 April 2020 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/05/2020   
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Key findings

Between the week ending 14 March 2020 (the week Australia recorded its 100th confirmed COVID-19 case) and the week ending 18 April 2020:

  • Employee jobs decreased by 7.5%
  • Total wages paid decreased by 8.2%

Graph 1: Changes in employee jobs and total wages indexed to the week ending 14 March 2020

Graph 1: Changes in employee jobs and total wages indexed to the week ending 14 March 2020

Between the week ending 11 April 2020 and the week ending 18 April 2020:
  • Employee jobs decreased by 1.5%, compared to a decrease of 0.3% in the previous week
  • Total wages paid decreased by 1.0%, compared to a decrease of 1.6% in the previous week

Key COVID-19 dates:
  • 22 March: Prime Minister announces Stage 2 lock down changes, which are progressively implemented
  • 30 March: Prime Minister announces JobKeeper program