Greater Bendigo is below the national unemployment rate recorded for April.
The region recorded an unemployment rate of 4.5 per cent in April, up from 4.2 per cent in March according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Nationally, the April unemployment rate was 6.2 per cent - about 823,000 people. Between March and April almost 600,000 people left the workforce.
Youth unemployment in Bendigo has gone from 8.7 per cent in March to 9.3 per cent in April.
Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said the full impact of the COVID-19 shutdown would be felt for many months.
"We're not yet fully across the impact of the COVID-19 shut down on local unemployment, including youth unemployment," she said.
"The impact of the shut down on local businesses and the Bendigo economy will be felt for many months, if not years to come."
The impact of the shut down on...the Bendigo economy will be felt for many months.Lisa Chesters
Ms Chesters said while Bendigo's hospitality and tourism industries would play a part in reviving the region's economy, it wasn't the only pathway to recovery.
"While the sector is important and employs hundreds of locals, we are not disproportionately relying on tourism and hospitality to survive unlike some other regional towns," she said.
"The strength of our local economy is it's diversity. The key to a revival for the tourism and hospitality sector is the strength of other sectors within the local economy.
"People need to be earning a decent wage to have the disposable income to spend in local restaurants and pubs. I want to congratulate local hospitality businesses who, despite the many challenges, have adapted their businesses."
To help continue to stimulate the economy, Ms Chesters hoped to see more project involving all tiers of government.
"Local, state and federal governments must work together to stimulate our local economy," she said. "Projects like the GovHub will provide vital economic stimulus for our local tradies and the construction sector."