Tasmanian unemployment falls to its lowest level since 2011, then along comes coronavirus.
The state added 1300 jobs in February to take employment to a record 258,700, according to trend terms figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The unemployment rate fell from 5.6 per cent to 5.5 per cent and the number of Tasmanians technically unemployed fell by 200 to 15,000.
Both were the lowest levels since 2011.
February would have most likely been the last month before the economic effects of the virus started to eat into employment levels.
The impact should start to show up in the job figures in coming months.
Speaking about the national figures, ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said the February reference period for the figures was in the first half of the month, before the notable increases in confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia.
He said there was no notable impact on the February job numbers from the virus or the recent bushfires.
The nation gained 27,000 jobs in February, seasonally adjusted, with the unemployment rate down from 5.3 per cent to 5.1 per cent.
All of Tasmania's jobs gains in February were in part-time work.
Recent weakness in full-time employment continued.
It fell by 300 to 156,800.
Full-time employment of males was estimated to have increased by 100, but full-time employment of females to have fallen by 300.
Tasmania has set another population record, with total numbers estimated to have increased by 5324 to 535,500 in the year to September and by 1043 in the September quarter alone.
The ABS estimated the state gained 672 more people from overseas than it lost to overseas during the quarter, and a net 138 from the mainland.
Natural increase (births less deaths) came in at 233.
Demographer Lisa Denny on Wednesday predicted the virus would lead to a decline in migration to Tasmania, possibly sending the state's run of population growth into reverse.