The ABS has released its Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia data for the week ending 22 May 2021, which reported that payroll jobs are now tracking 2.6% above their pre-Covid level, whereas total wages are tracking 3.1% higher:
The next table shows the breakdown across jurisdictions, which shows all states & territories reporting increases in jobs and wages versus pre-COVID levels:
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The rebound in jobs and wages has been driven by women:
Whereas the “labour shortage” Accommodation & Food Services sector continues to suffer the biggest fall in both jobs and wages since the pandemic hit:
Finally, smaller businesses employing 20 people or less are the only employer group that has failed to recover from the pandemic, with jobs still 1.2% lower than their pre-COVID level: