John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Unemployment rate continues to be nation's lowest

    6/04/2006 3:30 PM

    Western Australia continues to have the nation’s lowest unemployment figures, with unemployment at or below five per cent for 20 consecutive months.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler welcomed WA’s reduced unemployment figures for March.

    The State’s March unemployment figure was 4.1 per cent, down 0.1 per cent from the previous month, compared with a national average of 5.0 per cent.

    “The success of the WA economy and employment opportunities have brought the national unemployment figure down to five per cent, with little help from the Eastern States, with Queensland and New South Wales the next best at 5.1 per cent,” Mr Bowler said.

    WA employment continued to rise with a .8 per cent increase, reflected by an additional 8,000 jobs created in March.

    “WA continues to lead the nation in employment, with the March 2006 unemployment figures down 0.9 percentage points on March 2005,” the Minister said.

    “The figures continue to highlight the success of the Carpenter Government in maximising the opportunities for the State that continues to lead the nation’s economy.”

    WA’s participation rate rose to 68.1 per cent in March 2006 and continues to be the highest of all the States.

    The Labor Government has been able to create jobs for 140,900 Western Australians since coming into office.

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