Westpac's chief economist said the jobless rate is expected to rise.
The $14 million investment will give up to 350 people access to trades training in the regions.
The university is forecasting a $33 million loss in 2021.
"I hate Australian mentality and you have it [in] droves," she emailed her husband.
It might hit high-income earners, but it won't hit them.
"The willingness for a business to bring on a new worker is very, very low at the moment."
"The delays are causing hardship to a large number of people, and we probably only see the tip of the iceberg."
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SEEK data shows jobs in the consumer services sector are at 51.8 percent of pre-COVID levels.