Effects of COVID‐19 on the Australian economy: insights into the mobility and unemployment rates in education and tourism sectors

Munawar, Hafiz Suliman and Khan, Sara Imran and Ullah, Fahim ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6221-1175 and Kouzani, Abbas Z. and Mahmud, M. A. Parvez (2021) Effects of COVID‐19 on the Australian economy: insights into the mobility and unemployment rates in education and tourism sectors. Sustainability, 13 (20):11300. pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected global economies due to lockdowns, business closures, and travel and other restrictions. To control the spread of the virus, several countries, including Australia, imposed strict border restrictions and lockdown measures. Accordingly, international borders have been closed, and all incoming international passengers are mandated to a 14-day hotel quarantine. Residents’ movements and businesses have been limited to essential services only. Employees have been directed to work from home while businesses moved to a remote working model. Due to such stringent measures, small and medium businesses such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, childcare centers, and tourism-based institutions incurred heavy losses, pushing a considerable portion of such small businesses to close. The airlines, education, tourism, and hospitality sector were the worst impacted among all. Due to such closures and associated effects of COVID-19, the unemployment rates are assumed to be significantly increased in countries like Australia. However, a study investigating this unemployment and reporting its status does not exist for Australia. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the effects of COVID-19 control measures such as travel restriction and lockdown on Australia’s employment status and labor markets. The data for the local transport network, unemployment rates and impacts on the tourism industry in Australia were extracted from the public data sources to assess the unemployment rates at both national and state-wide levels. Further, we also looked into the rehabilitation measures by the Australian government, such as the Job Keeper and Job Seeker programs in March 2020, that aim to provide support to people who are unable to run their businesses or have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Overall, we observed that despite the global crisis, the Australian unemployment rate has reduced in the last year.


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Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2021 04:33
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Job Keeper; Job Seeker; Australian employment; unemployment; COVID‐19; Australian universities; tourism; mobility
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150602 Tourism Forecasting
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380111 Labour economics
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350802 Tourism forecasting
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011300
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43888

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