Tasmania has regained more than half of the jobs lost in the coronavirus crash, according to the latest official estimates.
The state added a net 7000 employed people between June and July in seasonally adjusted terms, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated.
That took total employment to 252,2000.
It meant the state had recovered all but 8500 of the 21,800 jobs estimated to have been lost between February and May as the pandemic arrived and business and movement restrictions and shutdowns intensified.
The ABS estimated a net 2800 Tasmanians gained full-time jobs between June and July, taking full-time employment to 153,600.
That remained 3900 below the February level.
The state unemployment rate dropped from 6.9 per cent in June to 6 per cent in July.
Labor Senator Carol Brown said the figures showed more than 50,000 Tasmanians were unemployed or underemployed.
" ... yet the Morrison Government has yet to announce any substantive measures designed to create jobs during the first recession Australia has faced in 30 years," Senator Brown said.
Finance Minister Michael Ferguson said: "Today's result confirms that the Tasmanian Liberal government's glide-path approach towards recovery is supporting gradual employment growth."
"We know we have a long road ahead of us and many Tasmanians and Tasmanian businesses are facing tough times.
"We will continue to help Tasmanians wherever we can."
Separate ABS figures based on payrolls suggested 17 of the 19 Tasmanian industry sectors cut employment between March 14 and the week ending on July 25.
Accommodation and food services took the biggest hit, shedding 16.6 per cent of jobs.
The others to shrink included:
- agriculture, forestry and fishing, 15.7 per cent;
- arts and recreation services, 13.9 per cent;
- financial and insurance services, 7.3 per cent;
- information media and telecommunications, 7.3 per cent;
- wholesale trade, 7 per cent;
- public administration and safety, 7 per cent;
- administrative and support services, 6.7 per cent;
- education and training, 6.2 per cent;
- manufacturing, 5.9 per cent; and
- construction, 5.4 per cent.
The ABS estimated mining jobs had increased by 15.1 per cent and electricity, gas, water and waste services had increased employment by 1.5 per cent.
Commenting on the payroll figures, economist Saul Eslake said: "The number of payroll jobs in Tasmania is still 5.8 per cent below what it was in the week ended March 14, after which restrictions began to be imposed, having recovered by 3.2 per cent since the low point in the week ended May 2."
The ABS recorded a 1 per cent increase in payroll jobs in the week to July 25.