Eurobodalla Council report that the shire’s economy is showing signs of strength and recovery with increased spending and job vacancies throughout the shire.
A media release issued today says "Monthly spending data shows the local economy took a hit in January and April, however all other months indicated increases on previous years ranging from 6 to 31 per cent.
"Spendmapp data for the month of September has visitor spending up by 32 per cent on 2019, while spending by locals increased by 22 per cent.
"Meanwhile, job availability has increased significantly in recent months." Eurobodalla Council’s Employment Revolution project coordinator Rhonnie South said there were 28 job vacancies advertised in July, 39 in August, 47 in September and 65 in October.
“November’s weekly job searches have consistently returned more than 70 jobs advertised – the past two weeks were 86 and 79,” she said.
“We have also heard several accounts of employers struggling to attract staff.”
Ms South said application numbers were down for jobs that would normally attract significant interest, such as apprenticeships and outdoor work.
“The industries regularly looking for staff are community services and health, hospitality, childcare, construction, and retail, however job application numbers and staff retention across all industries has been affected,” she said.
Council’s economic development manager Teresa Lever said the number of job vacancies was encouraging.
“It has been an extraordinary year with business having to navigate enforced new operating environments in which there have been winners and losers,” she said.
“We’re hearing that for some, business has never been better – some takeaway outlets for example have done a roaring trade.
“As the community knows, however, there were several sectors severely impacted over the year and the creation of advertised roles is reflective of many of these businesses coming back on board.”
Above: Moruya Business Chamber president and Sportfirst owner Tim Dalrymple says several local retailers report increased trade this year. He is pictured with Council’s economic development manager Teresa Lever.