Tourism jobs still impacted

Media Release

Tourism filled jobs increased 5.1 per cent in December quarter 2020, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Jonathon Khoo, ABS head of Tourism Statistics, said: "We have seen 58,000 tourism jobs added in Australia since the low in June 2020.”

“Recovery in tourism jobs has not been equal across industries. Industries like Road transport and Retail trade have grown, while others like Air transport, Cultural services, and Accommodation have been slower to regain jobs lost during the March and June quarters of last year.” 

Part-time jobs saw stronger growth during the quarter (up 5.9 per cent), leading to the second consecutive quarter where total part-time jobs exceed total full-time jobs. 

Mr Khoo added: "The recovery in tourism lags that in the total economy even when you take into account the usual seasonal increases that occur in the December quarter. Tourism has recovered 4 out of 10 filled jobs lost during the 2020 pandemic while the total economy has regained 7 out of 10 filled jobs over the same period according to the latest ABS Labour Account release.”


Media notes

  • Ideally, the tourism jobs estimates would be seasonally adjusted. The challenge with this publication is the COVID-19 disruption to the normal patterns. Annual comparisons are a useful way of accounting for seasonality. Please consider this when interpreting this data.
  • These statistics are based on data released in the Labour Account, Australia, December 2020 (cat. no. 6150.0.55.003)
  • 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 (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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