Australia’s regions hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

The Grattan Institute has analysed job losses at the electorate level, which reveals that regional areas have been much harder hit than inner-city areas:

Unsurprisingly, electorates with large tourism industries and a high share of hospitality workers have been hit especially hard…

Workers living in rural and regional electorates have been hit much harder than workers in the major cities.

Eight of the 10 hardest-hit electorates are in rural and regional areas. Half of all rural electorates lost more than 7.5 per cent of jobs between 14 March and 18 April, compared to 16 per cent of inner-metropolitan electorates and 11 per cent of outer-metropolitan electorates.

Nine of the 10 hardest-hit electorates are held by the Coalition. Tanya Plibersek’s inner-city electorate of Sydney, which ranked 10th with 8.9 per cent of jobs lost, was the hardest-hit Labor electorate.

Nine of the 10 least-affected electorates are in inner- or outer-metropolitan areas, five of them held by the Coalition and five by Labor.

Not surprisingly, the biggest job losses in QLD have taken place across the Sunshine and Gold Coasts:

Thus, they will be hardest hit by the State Government’s draconian border closures.

Leith van Onselen

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