Business Struggle street: the 100 areas hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

Struggle street: the 100 areas hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

More than 100 job-loss hotspots have been identified in a new report into the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are towns and suburbs that have not suffered historical disadvantage but now face a long road to recovery.

Researchers have pinpointed 108 areas of emerging disadvantage across Australia, in addition to 97 locations with existing economic and social disadvantage.

Co-authors Professor Bill Mitchell from The University of Newcastle and Professor Scott Baum from Griffith University said regional areas would be hit the hardest.

“Of the 108 areas of emerging disadvantage, 69 fall in non-metropolitan regions,” Professor Mitchell said.

The report also found that the COVID-19 pandemic would likely widen the gap between well-off and disadvantaged areas and warned against premature withdrawal of government support.

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