COVID-19 lockdown slashes 11,000 Hunter jobs in two months

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
October 21 2021 - 7:00pm
Stay-at-home orders shut down much of the Hunter's retail and hospitality sectors.

Stay-at-home orders and other pandemic measures have had a predictable impact on the Hunter labour market, cutting the number of people in work by 11,000 over two months.


Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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