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SA Accommodation and Food Services Hardest Hit


South Australia's accommodation and food services sector has suffered the biggest fall in jobs  than any other during the COVID-19 downturn.

The sector - which includes restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels - has suffered a 15.5 per cent drop in jobs since the pandemic began with state-recovery funding lower than other states and territories.

Other sectors hit by job losses according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics include arts and recreation services (down 13.4%), agriculture, forestry and fishing (down 12.5%) and transport, postal and warehousing (down 8.7%)

Shadow Treasurer Stephen Mulligan said the State Government should be spending more on COVID-19 stimulus just 1.3 per cent of the state’s GDP, behind the next smallest WA at 2.1 per cent, with all other states spending even more.

"The Marshall Liberal Government rejected Labor’s call back in March for a targeted $200 million fund to support the tourism and hospitality sector," Shadow Treasurer Mulligan said.

"I again urge the Marshall Liberal Government to step up and invest more in our economy to protect and create more jobs."

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