Nearly one million Aussies are out of work because of COVID-19, a figure the PM says is ‘devastating’.
Almost a million Australians are out of work because of tough coronavirus restrictions, a figure the prime minister has labelled as "heartbreaking".
Addressing the nation this afternoon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was devastated by the figures but not surprised by the economic damage the pandemic had on Australia.
From job figures to JobKeeper payments, here's everything you need to know from Scott Morrison's latest press conference June 18:
READ MORE: More than 220,000 Aussies lost their jobs in May
PM 'HEARTBROKEN' KNOWING SO MANY AUSSIES LOST JOBS
- Mr Morrison labelled job figures out today as "heartbreaking".
- "We are very aware of the significant blow that Australians are being hit with through the course of this pandemic," Mr Morrison said.
- "This recession will be written in the stories of those are experiencing terrible hardship."
- Since March 838,000 Australians have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
WOMEN, YOUNG PEOPLE BORE MOST OF THE BRUNT
- The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg broke down ABS figures, revealing that women and young people were particularly hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions.
- Female employment fell by 118,000 people in May, comprising 52 per cent of all jobs lost.
- Youth employment fell by 103,000 people, comprising 45 per cent of jobs lost in May.
- "These are not just numbers. These are our friends, family members, workmates and neighbours," said Mr Frydenberg.
COVID-19 BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE SINCE GREAT DEPRESSION
- Mr Morrison labelled COVID-19 as one of the biggest economic challenges Australia has faced in history.
- The PM spoke of his government's "focus" on creating jobs, promising not to rest until employment figures return to normal levels.
- "As retail doors open again, as food courts are open again, as shopping centres are fuller again, we hope to see more of those young people back into work but the task will be great," Mr Morrison said.
SECOND COVID-19 WAVE WOULD DESTROY AUSTRALIA'S ECONOMY
- We were warned that a second wave of COVID-19 would be "disastrous" for the nation's economy, which is already in a recession.
- "I have just met with the groups from the entertainment industry in a roundtable meeting with them and they are obviously doing things very tough and the challenges will endure longer than most but a further wave because even more devastation to the economy," Mr Morrison said.
COVID-19 SURVIVAL THE HARDEST POLICY PM HAS EVER FACED
- Referencing his political history in portfolios of social services, immigration and Treasury, Mr Morrison said he has never dealt with a problem like this and he "won't be rushed".
- "I am not going to be rushed on it. I'm going to be careful about it. I am going to take the advice. I am going to grill the data. I am going to listen to the people," Mr Morrison said.
THREE MILLION AUSSIES STILL ON JOBKEEPER
- Three million Australians are currently receiving the government's JobKeeper payment.
- Of those, the PM said it was hard to quantify how many would be jobless if the scheme were to end today.
- "We're all going to have to keep doing things that we are not used to doing in the national interest," said Mr Morrison.
- "In the interest of these 838,000 Australians – and I feel more – who will be added to those numbers in the months ahead."
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