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The number of job seekers quadruples in just two months in the wealthy voters of Wentworth and Warringah

Prosperous voters with a view of the water have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment, with the number of benefit recipients quadrupling in some areas in just two months.

The national unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent last month, the highest level since November 1998 with nearly a million people now officially unemployed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed Thursday.

Wentworth, in the posh eastern suburbs of Sydney, has received a particularly major economic blow from the COVID-19 shutdowns, data from the Parliamentary library shown.

The number of people receiving JobSeeker unemployment benefits has quadrupled from 1,354 on March 20 – days before the coronavirus was closed – to 5,688 on May 20, even after the lockdowns were eased.

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In the posh eastern suburbs of Sydney, Wentworth has received a particularly major economic blow from the COVID-19 shutdowns. The number of people receiving JobSeeker quadrupled from 1,354 on March 20 - days before the coronavirus was closed - to 5,688 on May 20, even after the lockdowns eased

In the posh eastern suburbs of Sydney, Wentworth has received a particularly major economic blow from the COVID-19 shutdowns. The number of people receiving JobSeeker quadrupled from 1,354 on March 20 – days before the coronavirus was closed – to 5,688 on May 20, even after the lockdowns eased

Across Sydney Harbor, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott's former Warringah electorate saw the number of JobSeeker recipients nearly quadruple, from 1,234 to 4,814. Winter Olympian Zali Steggall, an independent MP, holds the chair occupied by Manly Beach (pictured) and the millionaire mansion suburb of Mosman

Across Sydney Harbor, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott's former Warringah electorate saw the number of JobSeeker recipients nearly quadruple, from 1,234 to 4,814. Winter Olympian Zali Steggall, an independent MP, holds the chair occupied by Manly Beach (pictured) and the millionaire mansion suburb of Mosman

Across Sydney Harbor, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s former Warringah electorate saw the number of JobSeeker recipients nearly quadruple, from 1,234 to 4,814. Winter Olympian Zali Steggall, an independent MP, holds the chair occupied by Manly Beach (pictured) and the millionaire mansion suburb of Mosman

Former electorate of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, now owned by Australia’s former ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, captures Bondi Beach and the exclusive harbor side enclaves of Vaucluse and Point Piper.

Where the number of JobSeeker has increased

New South Wales

Wentworth, East Sydney (Liberal): 1,354 on March 20 and 5,688 on May 20

Warringah, Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the Lower North Coast (Independent): 1,234 to 4,814

North Sydney, the lower north coast of Sydney (liberal): 1,214 to 4,785

Bradfield, Sydney’s Upper North Coast (Liberal): 1,143-4,331

Cook, Sydney’s Sutherland Shire (Liberal): 1,871 to 5,568

Victoria

Higgins, Melbourne’s Southeast (Liberal): 2,040 to 6,360

Kooyong, Southeast Melbourne (Liberal): 1,370 to 4,842

Goldstein, Southeast Melbourne (Liberal): 1,747 to 5,108

Queensland

Moncrieff, Gold Coast (Liberal): 6,484-15,037

McPherson, Gold Coast (Liberal): 4,487-11,598

Source: Parliamentary library on JobSeeker numbers on March 20, 2020 and May 20, 2020

Across Sydney Harbor, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s former Warringah electorate saw the number of JobSeeker recipients nearly quadruple, from 1,234 to 4,814.

Winter Olympian Zali Steggall, an independent MP, holds the seat occupying Manly Beach and the millionaire mansion suburb of Mosman.

Neighboring North Sydney, on the north side of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, saw the number of JobSeeker receivers rise from 1,214 to 4,785 in an area covering the suburbs of Middle Harbor of Northbridge and Cremorne.

In the neighboring Bradfield electorate on Sydney’s north coast, held by Secretary of Communications Paul Fletcher, JobSeeker more than tripled from 1,143 to 4,331.

Mr. Fletcher’s chair spans parts of Chatswood and includes posh suburbs from Killara and Lindfield to Turramurra and Wahroonga.

The neighboring Sydney Northern Beaches electorate of Mackellar, which exclusively occupies Palm Beach, also saw its JobSeeker count nearly triple from 1,352 to 5,093.

On the other side of Sydney in the Sutherland Shire, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Cook electorate saw the number of JobSeeker recipients nearly triple, from 1,871 to 5,568.

Melbourne was also not immune to the unemployment rate in the Kooyong electorate, treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who covered the posh suburbs of Kew and Hawthorn in the southeast of the city, more than tripled from 1,370 to 4,842.

In neighboring Higgins, which occupies the millionaire mansion suburb of Toorak, the number on JobSeeker has also more than tripled from 2,040 to 6,360 in just two months.

Unemployment also nearly tripled in Goldstein’s nearby Port Phillip Bay electorate, which covers Brighton, and the number of JobSeeker increased from 1,747 to 5,108.

The Gold Coast saw a surge in unemployment recipients with the liberal-held Moncrieff electorate, which entered Surfers Paradise (pictured on July 15, 2020), more than doubling the number of JobSeeker from 6,484 to 15,037

The Gold Coast saw a surge in unemployment recipients with the liberal-held Moncrieff electorate, which entered Surfers Paradise (pictured on July 15, 2020), more than doubling the number of JobSeeker from 6,484 to 15,037

The Gold Coast saw a surge in unemployment recipients with the liberal-held Moncrieff electorate, which entered Surfers Paradise (pictured on July 15, 2020), more than doubling the number of JobSeeker from 6,484 to 15,037

The tourism-dependent Gold Coast saw a large increase in the number of unemployed with the liberal Moncrieff electorate, taking Surfers Paradise and seeing JobSeeker more than double from 6,484 to 15,037.

In the neighboring seat of McPherson, which covers Coolangatta, the number of JobSeeker recipients has also more than doubled from 4,487 to 11,598.

On April 24, 1,346 million Australians participated in either JobSeeker or the Youth Allowance, but by May 22 that had increased to 1,641 million, according to data from the Department of Social Services.

Shane Bennett, the acting deputy secretary for the Department of Social Services, confirmed last month that another 300,000 people received assistance in just four weeks.

Higgins, who took the millionaire home suburb Toorak (see photo), saw JobSeeker's number more than triple from 2,040 to 6,360 in just two months

Higgins, who took the millionaire home suburb Toorak (see photo), saw JobSeeker's number more than triple from 2,040 to 6,360 in just two months

Higgins, who took the millionaire home suburb Toorak (see photo), saw JobSeeker’s number more than triple from 2,040 to 6,360 in just two months

Figures include those from the old Newstart unemployment benefit, which has been known as JobSeeker since March, as well as recipients of sickness and grief benefits.

Mr. Bennett confirmed that the number of Australians on benefits is growing faster than expected, and the department did not expect 1.7 million JobSeeker recipients until September.

The unemployment rate in Australia rose to a 19-year high of 7.1 percent in May

227,700 people lost their jobs or gave up their search

The number of unemployed grew to 927,600 – the highest since December 1993.

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