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Almost 600,000 Australians lost jobs due to virus pandemic

Almost 600,000 Australians lost jobs due to virus pandemic”

Underemployment - those with a job who wanted more hours of work - surged by more than 600,000 to 1.8 million people, taking the rate to a record high of 13.7 per cent, up almost 5 per cent in just a month.

"We knew there could be onerous information as the pandemic wreaks an affect on Australia as it's on global locations all all over the world".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison termed the huge number of people losing their jobs "devastating" and "a very tough day" for Australians. The drop in the participation rate meant unemployment rose one percentage point to 6.1 per cent, well short of forecasts of more than eight percent.

This group was much larger than the number of people who gained employment or worked increased hours between March and April, underpinning the net results.

Australia has been probably the most profitable worldwide locations in containing COVID-19, with fewer than 7,000 confirmed circumstances and 100 deaths out of a inhabitants of 25 million.

The figures come as Australia's central bank predicted the country's gross domestic product (GDP) could shrink by 10 percent in the first half of the year with unemployment hitting 10 percent by June and staying high throughout 2021.

"Australians can hopefully soon return to domestic holidays and to move around the country more widely, and particularly with school holidays coming up again in July", he said.

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The ABS data showed underemployment, or the number of people already working but looking for more hours, spiked 4.9 percentage points to 13.7 percent.

Just 12.Four million Australians now have jobs after the steepest month-to-month fall in employment for the reason that ABS started recording month-to-month information in 1978.

When taken together with the fall in participation, the ABS said around one-in-five people who were employed in March either left employment altogether or had their hours reduced, affecting 2.7 million Australians.

He said with worldwide tourism closed off, a concerted effort would be needed to improve domestic tourism.

The "reopening will be a gradual process and not everyone who lost their job during the lockdown will immediately find a new one", Thielant said.

Underutilization rate, which is a combination of unemployment and underemployment, is at a record high of 19.9%.



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