AU Job Growth in the Second Half of 2021 at a State and Territory Level

In early 2021, COVID cases were still rampant and the economy was still fluctuating wildly. But in Q3 and Q4 of 2021, cases were more stable, and the economy was able to – or at least was attempting to – adapt to a post-COVID life.

That’s why our team here at Rover decided to take a look at the growth of new job openings across different states to see if the growth was universal (where all states were seeing a solid rebound) or if some Aussie states were able to recover better than others.

As we can see from the data, most states did experience a fairly solid and semi-consistent rebound of between 8.1 and 16.6%. There were two outliers, however:

  • Northern Territory saw a substantial number of new job openings, with a 31.8% that far exceeded any other state or territory in Australia.
  • Australian Capital Territory, on the other hand, saw very limited growth, at only 0.9%. This was, by far, the lowest growth among all states and territories.

While the two territories represented the two polar ends of the job growth spectrum, the rest of the states were all right around the ~12% mark. Of the three largest states, Victoria saw the most growth at 16.6%, while NSW only saw about 10.8% growth in new openings.

We are still in the first few months of 2022, but it will be interesting to see if these trends continue. COVID has caused so many changes to the global and national economy, that we may be seeing shifts in where people want to work, can find work, and more that could continue to trend over the next few years.