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Local jobs have plummeted by ten per cent in Byron Shire in the June quarter 2020, compared to 2018/19 four-quarter average, according to new figures released by economy.id.

.id community say they are employed by over 300 local councils and regional authorities across Australia and NZ, ‘to provide detailed local area profiles’ as a shared resource for the community.

And owing to COVID-19 impacts, stats are also drawn from the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR).

Employment sectors that have been affected the most, according to the data, include accommodation and food services (-671 local jobs), education and training (-191 local jobs) and retail trade (-185 local jobs).

Those figures exclude the government’s JobKeeper program.

Without JobKeeper, .id says job losses would be 19.9 per cent, or 3,248 jobs.

The fall in Byron Shire Gross Regional Product (16.6 per cent) was higher than the NSW average of 13.6 per cent.

An analysis of local employed residents who may work elsewhere was also presented.

Called ‘employed resident impacts’, it suggests that those job losses are also mostly in the accommodation and food service sector.

On all three statistical data presented – GRP, local jobs (including JobKeeper) and employed residents (including JobKeeper)– Byron Shire was recorded as being affected more than other regional NSW areas, NSW and Australia.

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