COVID-19 rewrote states’ economies and put Queensland on top

Queensland is enjoying bumper economic times – thanks to the fallout from COVID.

Queensland is enjoying bumper economic times – thanks to the fallout from COVID. Photo: AAP

Queensland finally has an economy to cheer about and it’s largely because of a virus.

The Commonwealth Bank’s State of the States survey, released on Monday, announced that Queensland topped the nation’s economies, mainly because of the COVID-inspired population boom, which may not be sustainable and has been a factor in the housing crisis.

“Queensland has benefitted from an inflow of migrants since the pandemic, especially people moving from New South Wales and Victoria. As a result, home loans and retail spending have been boosted together with economic activity more generally,” the bank’s report stated.

“The interesting question will be how the rankings settle now that COVID-19 is not exerting the influence it played over 2020-2022.”

  • Read the full CBA report here.
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State of the States January 2023 snapshot — all states. Source: CBA

The CBA said population growth was 30 per cent above the decade average for the year ending June 2022.

On an annual basis, population growth was 2 per cent, the highest since March 2013.

“The two focal points in coming months are housing and job markets. A solid job market will provide valuable support for the key indicators of housing purchase and retail trade,” it said.

“Also, the re-opening of China will be important for resources and tourism-focused states.”

The state also did well in employment and its resources were in demand. Its biggest weakness was the construction sector, which has experienced a wave of company collapses.

It was the first time in the 13-year history of the survey that Queensland has topped the charts.

The state has been at, or near, the bottom in the past because of the way the survey was designed to highlight the performance of an economy compared with a decade ago.

In a resources-dependent state like Queensland, that’s not always a good outcome because of the boom-bust nature of the sector.

Queensland ranked second in retail trade, relative economic growth and housing finance, the CBA stated.

“When looking across the annual growth rates of the eight economic indicators, Queensland has annual growth rates that exceeded the national average on five of the eight indicators.”

  • This article first appeared in InQueensland and is republished here with permission
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