Victorians in 10 postcodes across Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered back into lockdown. But regaining control of COVID-19 remains the responsibility of all Victorians.
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Previously hard-hit rural electorates in Queensland and NSW with large tourism industries have regained some jobs, while inner-city electorates are now among the hardest hit.
Coastal electorates that rely heavily on tourism have been hit hardest, and workers in rural and regional electorates have been hit harder than workers in the major capitals.
2.7 million people either lost their jobs or lost hours of work in April. The unemployment rate doesn't capture the scale of COVID's effect on jobs.
A defining feature of the COVID-19 crisis is the uncertainty it’s created. The uncertainty could be very costly for the Australian economy, and will weigh on the economic recovery in Australia until we’re certain we’ve got the virus under control.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about how the virus affects children. We are safer if we make decisions while fully aware of that uncertainty, rather than with an unfounded surety. Only then can we properly measure the trade-offs, and make the tough decisions that need to be made about our schools.
More than one million Australians downloaded the COVIDSafe app in the first 12 hours of its release. But that is a long way from the numbers the app needs to be effective. The government needs to do more to convince people it can be trusted.
More than 838,000 applications have been submitted for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper program, and early data suggests the money will flow to the businesses and workers that need it most. One of the sectors hardest hit by the downturn – Arts and Recreational Services – leads the pack. Other hard-hit industries, including Education and Training, and Accommodation and Food Services, also have a high JobKeeper participation rate (see Chart 1).
A lot of Australians have lost their jobs, but we won't know how many for at least another month.