The ACT has recorded one of the largest drops in payroll jobs out of any jurisdiction, new figures have revealed.
Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the number of payroll jobs in Canberra declining by 1.1 per cent in the fortnight to June 5.
The national capital recorded a larger drop than the national payroll figures, which fell by just 0.9 per cent in the same time period.
The ACT - along with Tasmania - had the second-largest decline out of any state or territory, with Victoria registering the sharpest drop in the two weeks.
The bureau's head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said Victoria's payroll decline by 2.1 per cent was due to the reporting period coinciding with the state's lockdown due to a then-rising number of Covid cases.
"Almost every industry in Victoria saw a fall in payroll jobs during this period, with the largest falls seen in the accommodation and food services, and arts and recreation services industries," Mr Jarvis said.
"Each lockdown sees falls in accommodation and food services payroll jobs, reflecting the impact that restrictions have on this industry."
Most employment industries in the ACT saw a drop in the number of payroll jobs during the fortnight.
The largest drops included industries such as administrative and social services; professional, scientific and technical services; construction along with accommodation and food services.
"While the fall in payroll jobs is generally greatest in the state or territory of the lockdown, restrictions that affect interstate travel may also contribute to falls in payroll jobs in the accommodation and food services industry in other states and territories," Mr Jarvis said.
"Payroll jobs in the industry fell in almost every state and territory across the fortnight."
The Northern Territory was the sole jurisdiction to not see a backwards trend, with its payroll jobs figures remaining stable.
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