6160.0.55.001 - Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 2 May 2020 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/05/2020   
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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 2 May 2020:

  • Payroll jobs decreased by 7.3%
  • Total wages paid decreased by 5.4%

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

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

Between the week ending 25 April 2020 and the week ending 2 May 2020:
  • Payroll jobs decreased by 1.1%, compared to an increase of 0.9% in the previous week
  • Total wages paid increased by 0.9%, compared to an increase of 0.5% 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
  • 8 May: Initial payroll deadline for the JobKeeper program