John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    WA sets record low unemployment rate

    8/02/2007 2:15 PM

    Western Australia’s workforce has recorded its best unemployment figures at just 3 per cent.

    The January unemployment figures are the lowest on record since the Australian Bureau of Statistics commenced the Labour Force Series in 1978.

    Western Australia recorded a fall in unemployment of 0.1 per cent from December 2006.

    The previous best was 3.1 per cent recorded in July last year.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said the figures were a direct reflection of the prosperity being experienced across the State and in all sectors of business and industry.

    “WA has continued its strong demand for skilled workers and saw 8,600 new jobs created since December,” Mr Bowler said.

    “WA’s unemployment is a full percentage point better than the other States, the next lowest being Queensland at 4.0 per cent.”

    The Minister said WA’s youth unemployment continued its downward trend to 13.1 per cent, the lowest among the States.

    The State’s participation rate remained steady at 67.4 per cent.

    Nationally, the unemployment rate for January was 4.5 per cent, down 0.1 per cent.

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