Fewer workers, more work

Tasmania’s full-time workers are working longer hours as their job numbers are being squeezed.

They averaged 38.6 hours a week in the 12 months to the end of January.

That was up by 30 minutes a week comparedto the year before, going by state Treasury analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

Tasmanian full-timers worked 1.8 more hours a week than the national average of 36.8 hours during the year.

This has happened as full-time jobs in Tasmania have gone into sharp decline.

Tasmanian jobnumbers are back into a growth phase, but that is because more part-time jobs are being added than full-time jobs are being lost.

Average weekly hours for Tasmanian part-time workers increased slightly during the year, from 16.7 to 16.8.

That was level with part-timers nationally.

Overall, the average number of weekly hours for all Tasmanian workers (30.9) was up by 1.1 per cent compared to the previous year.

The national average for all workers was 32.3 hours.

Treasury said Tasmania had a bigger percentage of part-time workers than Australia did.

Meanwhile, the number of Tasmanians officially unemployed for a year or more fell slightly in the year to the end of January.

It was down by 100 to 4900 compared to the previous year, on a 12-monthly average basis.

However, the number of Tasmanians officially unemployed for two years or more was up by 200 to 2900.

People jobless for a year or more are classed as long-term unemployed by the ABS.

Tasmania’s long-term unemployment rate for the year was 1.9 per cent, compared to a national rate of 1.4 per cent.

Tasmania’s rate was the equal highest in the nation, along with South Australia.

Tasmanian job vacancies advertised on the internet climbed by 0.2 per cent in January, but were down 3.3 per cent compared to January 2016.

That was according to the Internet Vacancy Index.

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