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JobSeeker claims highest in Belconnen, Gungahlin postcodes as ACT welfare numbers surge during COVID-19

Doug Dingwall
EW
By Doug Dingwall, and Elliot Williams
Updated April 14 2021 - 2:15pm, first published August 16 2020 - 5:30pm
Josh Glass at his home in Hawker. The single father has been a JobSeeker recipient for three years and said there was a lot of competition for jobs even before the pandemic. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

Postcodes in Belconnen and Gungahlin have had the most people claiming JobSeeker payments as the COVID-19 downturn has forced thousands of people onto social welfare across the ACT, according to new figures.

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Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au

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Elliot Williams

Canberra Times journalist

I've been a reporter with The Canberra Times since 2017 and as a proud Canberran it's been an honour to tell the stories of my hometown. I'm currently reporting on the public service and examining the ins and outs of a very important part of our city. Email: elliot.williams@canberratimes.com.au

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