Trump taking hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment; less than 700 active cases in Australia

At the industry level, there was a 33.4 per cent drop in jobs reported across the accommodation and food sector. This has improved to a still substantial drop of 27.1 per cent.

The arts and recreation sector, which had been down by 27 per cent, is now down by 19 per cent.

The bureau’s head of labour statistics, Bjorn Jarvis, said there were some tentative signs of improvement.

“The latest data shows a further slowing in the fall in COVID-19 job losses between mid-April and early May,” he said.

At the state level, there have been small increases in job numbers across Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory in the past fortnight. But they are continuing to fall elsewhere.

Since mid-March, job numbers are now down by 8.4 per cent in Victoria and by 7.7 per cent in NSW.

The biggest hit to wages has been in Western Australia, down by 7 per cent. WA has the highest average wages of any state in the country.

Young people continue to suffer the most from the downturn. Jobs for people aged under 20 has dropped by 14.6 per cent since mid-March, while for those between 20 and 29 the fall has been 10.7 per cent.

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