Border closures costing thousands of Gold Coast jobs

New figures have revealed an estimated 9,300 part-time jobs have been lost on the Gold Coast in the last two months on the back of ongoing border closures.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4,900 part-time positions were shed in August, on the back of the 4,400 part-time jobs that were lost in July.

The tourism and hospitality sectors have borne the brunt of border-related job losses during the pandemic with one in five positions in the tourism industry alone disappearing since mid-last year.


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Another 4,000 tourism jobs are tipped to be lost before Christmas.

The loss of part-time jobs on the Gold Coast has been partly offset by an increase in full-time positions, rising by 2,300 in July and another 2,900 in August.

Overall employment on the Gold Coast has dropped by 4,200 in the last two months.

But there’s also been a massive jump in people who have dropped out of the workforce altogether, sending the Gold Coast’s unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than three years.

A total of 8,300 people left the workforce between July and August which has seen the unemployment rate fall from 4.5 per cent in July to 3.6 per cent in August.

The 12-month average unemployment rate for the Gold Coast is now at 5.7 per cent.

The number of people classified as unemployed fell from 17,500 to 13,700, the lowest since July 2018.