Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said Western Australia continued to lead the nation with an unemployment rate for June of 3.6 per cent.
Although the month’s figure for WA was up 0.1 per cent from a record-breaking 3.5 per cent in May, the State’s participation rate climbed from May’s 67.3 per cent to 67.5 per cent to end the financial year.
“The booming WA economy and the continued opportunities for employment have maintained the strong employment figures,” Mr Bowler said.
“The Carpenter Government continues to maximise employment opportunities for all Western Australians and the increased participation rate is evidence of the continued job creation across the State.”
WA has been able to maintain unemployment levels at or below five per cent for 23 consecutive months and the June 2006 participation rate is the highest of the States, excluding the Territories.
Only the ACT was lower, with an unemployment rate of 2.5 per cent, with the next closest State being Queensland with 4.6 per cent.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for June remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.9 per cent.
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