NT jobless figure jumps to 6 per cent

The Northern Territory's unemployment rate jumped from 5.5 per cent to 6.0 per cent in April due to the effects of the coronavirus shutdowns.

The 0.5 per cent jump is the smallest of the states and territories, representing an estimated 11,400 jobs, with NSW and Queensland experiencing 1.1 per cent hikes.

In March the NT had the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation, but is now below the national jobless figure, which jumped from 5.2 to 6.2 per cent with the loss of nearly 600,000 jobs.

Another 10,000 jobs are expected to be lost in the NT by the end of June, according to Federal Treasury.

However, the NT will start easing restrictions from Friday by reopening restaurants and cafes, enabling the the return of an estimated 1500 jobs at first and 8700-plus by June.

"We feel for every business that has suffered a downturn due to no cause of their own," NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles told reporters.

"We look forward to tomorrow, which is a big step forward because Territorians have done the right thing.

"We have seen business adapt, we have seen people be innovative, we'll work with the community, we'll work with the business sector to make sure as many Territorians get back to work as quickly as possible while listening to the health advice."

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