Interactive map shows impact of COVID-19 on local jobs


The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a new interactive map today, providing insights into the regional labour market impacts of COVID-19.

Drawing on data from Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, the interactive map shows weekly changes in payroll jobs in each Statistical Area 4 (SA4) since the middle of March.

Head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis, said: “The release of weekly payroll jobs figures for regions provides new insights into the different COVID-19 impacts across Australia.”

“Interactive maps provide a very effective way of quickly assessing the impact of COVID-19 across the regions and how this changed over time.”

“Initially, the largest percentage falls in payroll jobs were in regions with a high proportion of people working in tourism-related businesses.”

“The latest data shows that people living in the inner city areas have seen the greatest falls since mid-March, particularly Sydney - City and Inner South (-10.6%) and Melbourne - Inner (-10.6%) areas.”

Further information is available in Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia (cat. no. 6160.0.55.001).

The ABS would like to acknowledge the continued support from the Australian Taxation Office in enabling the ABS to produce these statistics.

    Media note

    • The Jobs by Statistical Area 4 – Interactive Map will be published the day after each main release of Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia.
    • Further information on the suite of labour statistics that provide insights into the impact of COVID-19 can be found in Measuring the labour market impacts of COVID-19.
    • The additional ABS products being published to understand the economic impact of the coronavirus can be found on the ABS COVID-19 page.
    • When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) must be attributed as the source.
    • For media requests and interviews, contact the ABS Media Team on 1300 175 070 (8:30am - 5:00pm Mon-Fri)
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