The number of young Victorians and job-hunting rewards increased by almost 50% during Covid

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The cold effects of Victoria’s long-term closure were seen in significant numbers, rising by almost 50 percent during Covid.
The number of people receiving welfare payments in Victoria, the most blocked place in the world, has increased by almost 50 percent since the first outbreak of the coronavirus earlier last year.
Surprisingly, in August of this year, 81,853 more people received job hunting and youth benefits than in February last year, an increase of 46%.
In February 2020, before the worst pandemic, 176,611 recipients received Newstart payments, former Jobseeker names, and Youth Grants in Victoria.
According to data from the Social Welfare Department, the number increased to 258,464 in August after 18 months of gradual closure and restrictions. The number of people receiving benefits in Victoria has increased by 46% since February last year. Image: Katrina Bridgeford
The number of people receiving benefits in Victoria has increased by 46% since February last year. Image: Katrina Bridgeford
Over the past few weeks, that number has continued to grow in the state, with 1.9% more people receiving job hunting and youth grants in August compared to July.
According to ABS, the number of unemployed in Victoria in August was 149,100, more than 100,000 less than the number of people receiving job hunting and youth grants.
The difference may be due to the fact that the beneficiaries could not work at the same time as before the pandemic and had to claim benefits to cover their living expenses. Australia’s unemployment rate fell 0.1% to 4.5% in August, but this change is due to a decline in the number of people participating in the workforce, not the labor market.
“The decline in unemployment reflects a significant decline in participation during the recent closure period, rather than a stronger labor market situation,” said Bjorn Jarvis, head of labor statistics at ABS. ..