Australia & COVID-19 The Economic Story So Far 2.0 Roy Morgan Update: October 2020

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 28-Oct-20

During the COVID-19 crisis, the ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index, Roy Morgan Business Confidence Index and Inflation Expectations all hit new record lows, and Unemployment reached its highest level since Roy Morgan began independently measuring it more than two decades ago. Although the pandemic is still with us, and its effects are being felt throughout the nation, there has been improvement all four measures, although Inflation Expectations was the last to lift and rose only slightly, and the seeming improvement in Unemployment is deceptive. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says "We noted in our previous COVID-19: The Economic Story So Far update that as the pandemic progressed, the early sense of ‘we’re all in this together’ had become eroded – something which has become more obvious with every passing week, both politically and economically. Victoria has been the hardest hit state, but nowhere is unaffected, with a total of 3.16 million Australians (22.3% of the workforce nationally) either unemployed or under-employed. Up to this point, financial relief measures from government have cushioned the blow for many people, but with JobSeeker supplements and JobKeeper payments now reduced and set to end completely in coming months, the recession we are in and the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for a considerably time, regardless of developments into finding a vaccine".


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