Jan 13, 2021

Queensland job vacancies hit 47,900

Queensland job vacancies hit 47,900

Job vacancies in Queensland increased to 47,900 in the November quarter according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Nationwide the three industries with the largest percentage increases in job vacancies were those that had suffered major falls during the peak of COVID-related restrictions: arts and recreation services; accommodation and food services; and retail trade.

Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the job data demonstrated the effectiveness of the State’s strong health response and economic recovery plan.

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“Job vacancies increased to 47,900 in the November quarter, according to the ABS,” he said.

“That’s close to double the 25,200 vacancies seen in the May quarter last year, the period which covered the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland.”

In annual terms, Queensland job vacancies increased by 22 per cent – the highest level on the east coast and well above the national average of 12 per cent, he said.

Australiawide the number of job vacancies in increased by 23 per cent over the November 2020 quarter and were 12 per cent higher than in November 2019.

ABS head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said Australian job vacancies rose by 48,000 in the November 2020 quarter, following the sharp rise of 77,000 in August, as COVID-related restrictions continued to be relaxed across Australia. 

“There were 254,000 job vacancies in November, which was higher than the pre-COVID level in February. This reflected the pace of recovery in labour demand in the second half of the year and labour shortages in some industries,” he said.

The rise in job vacancies in November follows the release of the ABS’ Business Impacts of COVID-19 in December, which highlighted that around one in six employers did not have a sufficient number of employees, based on their current operations.