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). The entire Arts and Recreational Services sector appears to be participating in the scheme. Indeed, it has a participation rate above 100 per cent, partly because of double counting (businesses and individuals can both lodge a claim relating to the same employee). In contrast, fewer than 1 in 10 employers in Agriculture and Financial Services industries – sectors that have felt less of an impact to date – have indicated they will apply. Yesterday (Monday 20 April), news.com.au published new data on registrations for the JobKeeper payment, showing the breakdown
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