John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    WA continues search to meet jobs demand

    12/10/2006 5:00 PM

    The latest unemployment figures have further justified the Western Australian Government’s efforts to recruit skilled workers from the Eastern States.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said while unemployment in WA fell to 3.5 per cent for the month of September, dropping 0.1 per cent, the continued low highlighted the need for bringing more people west.

    “Low unemployment in WA continues to reflect the strong demand for skilled workers across the State,” Mr Bowler said.

    “WA’s rapid rate of growth has brought with it a shortage of skilled workers to build and operate the major projects and support industries.

    “While the State Government is working to train Western Australians to fill the jobs, the economy still need thousands more skilled workers and is seeking Australians to fill the gaps, before looking overseas.”

    The Carpenter Government last month launched its ‘Go West Now’ campaign, inviting skilled workers in Australia’s Eastern States to take advantage of the employment and lifestyle opportunities currently on offer in WA.

    The Go West Now campaign featured outdoor billboard and radio advertising in New South Wales and Victoria, as well as national print and online advertising. People interested in moving to WA would be directed to register their details at the campaign web site or via the hotline 1300 GOWEST.

    “It is not only big business and the mining sector that are booming, but smaller businesses and industry are benefiting and growing,” the Minister said.

    WA’s unemployment figures continued to lead other States, not only recording the lowest unemployment rate for September, but also the highest participation rate at 67.8 per cent.

    Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 4.8 per cent. An additional 4,900 new full-time jobs were created in WA in September.

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