A snapshot in time: The Australian labour market and COVID-19

This story was first published on Wednesday 1 July 2020. If you wish to use this content, please contact media@skillscommission.gov.au to confirm that the information is still current.

The National Skills Commission’s first public report explores the impact COVID-19 has had on Australia’s labour market and how the work of the NSC will support the recovery.

The report captures a point-in-time analysis of the state of the labour market in relation to COVID-19, and highlights how its work will support Australia through the recovery period. The NSC found that while there was a significant decline in employment, which rose to 7.1% in May 2020, there are some signs of early stabilisation with data showing an increase in the number of employers looking to hire, or re-hire, workers. By building a better understanding what is happening in the labour market, the structural shifts that will occur and the skilling and re-training needed to get people into jobs, the NSC is helping people get back into work.

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