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Builders, engineers and architects top the JobKeeper list – How industries are affected by COVID-19

Construction and professional services sectors, such as engineers and architects, are the largest recipients of JobKeeper, the latest Treasury data shows.

The two industries make up three in 10 businesses covered by the wage subsidy, holding about a quarter of workers.

Treasury’s data shows 140,138 construction companies with 348,077 workers were eligible for JobKeeper in early June.

 There were 130,052 professional, technical and scientific services businesses, with 396,424 employees – the largest number of any sector – receiving the wage subsidy. 

Construction and professional services sectors, such as engineers and architects, are the largest JobKeeper recipients and make up three in 10 businesses covered by the wage subsidy

There were 130,052 professional, technical and scientific services businesses, with 396,424 employees - the largest number of any sector - receiving the wage subsidy

There were 130,052 professional, technical and scientific services businesses, with 396,424 employees – the largest number of any sector – receiving the wage subsidy

Both sectors have lost about one in 20 jobs since March.

With Thursday’s loan approvals figures showing a record drop in housing finance in May, there are fears housing construction will fall off a cliff once JobKeeper ends, and more jobs will be lost.

The arts and hospitality sectors, which have been the hardest hit by coronavirus shutdowns, made up just over 10 per cent of all businesses covered by the scheme.

About one in eight workers getting the wage subsidies work in these areas.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the hospitality sector has shed about three in 10 jobs since the crisis began in March, and the arts sector almost a quarter.

Labor and others have criticised the JobKeeper scheme allowing many casual workers in these industries to fall through the gaps.

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers said the numbers, combined with the return to tough restrictions in Melbourne amid community outbreaks of coronavirus, made it vital for the government to clarify the future of JobKeeper beyond its scheduled end in September.

‘The Morrison government could better target and taper it, but shouldn’t just turn off the tap when businesses are struggling with new restrictions,’ Dr Chalmers said.

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers (pictured) has called on the government to clarify the future of JobKeeper beyond its scheduled end in September

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers (pictured) has called on the government to clarify the future of JobKeeper beyond its scheduled end in September

‘Having introduced support for the economy too narrowly and too slowly, Australians need to know that the government has a more comprehensive plan to support long-term growth and job creation.’

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said he understood from his talks with the federal government further assistance would be announced later this month.

‘The prime minister and the treasurer … confirmed ‘hardship’ will continue to drive the commonwealth government’s response,’ he said on Thursday.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will launch a new small business campaign on Friday encouraging Australians to shop local.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) said he understood from his talks with the federal government further assistance would be announced later this month

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) said he understood from his talks with the federal government further assistance would be announced later this month

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