Western Australia's COVID-19 recovery on track with an increase of 32,200 jobs in August 2020

Western Australia has recorded the strongest monthly rise in employment on record, with an unprecedented increase of 32,200 jobs in August 2020.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today shows Western Australia’s economic and social recovery continues with employment up a strong 2.4 per cent (32,200 jobs).

The ABS data also shows 71 per cent of jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic have now been recovered.

There are now 47,000 more people employed than in early 2017.

The ABS Labour Force report for August reflects the easing of restrictions to Phase 4 which occurred on June 27 2020. The previous Labour Force for July 2020 captured only the first two weeks of Phase 4.

Phase 4 saw the removal of gathering limits, for example in restaurants, bars and cafés, the reopening of the casino gaming floor and the return of unseated performances at some venues.

Today’s (September 17 2020) survey builds on other recent data releases that highlight the strength of the Western Australian economy and the early rewards of the WA Government’s $5.5 billion Recovery Plan.

Source: WA Government