Cafe culture prevents employment slump

I recall Alan Kohler observing a while ago that everyone is eating out for breakfast on the weekends nowadays. It’s a good thing that people are, from an employment perspective, given that employment growth in cafes, restaurants and hotels has basically prevented the labour market from completely stalling in Queensland, which it may have done, due to the contraction in mining and mining-related construction (see chart below, particularly the bar for accommodation and food services, which includes cafes). I expect the recovery in tourism due to the lower exchange rate has had something to do with employment growth in the accommodation and food services sector, too.


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