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The latest from Data journalist Andy Fyers

Andy was a senior data journalist at Stuff before joining BusinessDesk in 2020. While at Stuff, he played a lead role in several award-winning data journalism projects. He specialises in data-driven reporting and analysis and will enhance our story-telling by visualising the numbers that are the lifeblood of all good business and economic reporting. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Positive weekly job numbers conceal calm before the storm
Andy Fyers | Fri, 07 Aug 2020

The number of new people receiving an unemployment benefit fell for the fifth consecutive week in the seven days to July 31.There were 934 new claimants for the Covid-19 Income Relief Payment - CIRP - bringing the total to 20,957. That's in addition to 192,488 Jobseeker benef...

Women hit hardest in retail, hospitality job losses
Andy Fyers | Thu, 06 Aug 2020

As BusinessDesk reported on Wednesday, the headline unemployment figures for the June quarter need to be digested with a large grain of salt.Unemployment of 4 percent masks a whole range of things, including a shrinking labour force during lockdown. To be counted as unemployed yo...

New car sales bounce back in July
Andy Fyers | Tue, 04 Aug 2020

July was a surprisingly strong month for new vehicle sales, with total sales up on the same time last year.Motor Industry Association (MIA) figures show there were 366 more new vehicles registered last month compared to July 2019.MIA chief executive David Crawford put the increas...

Jobless numbers continue to rise as subsidy wanes
Andy Fyers | Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Unemployment benefit numbers continue steady increase as wage subsidy support wanes.