Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    2007 ends well with falling unemployment rates

    17/01/2008 2:01 PM

    Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today show the Western Australian unemployment rate decreasing again to 3.1 per cent from 3.4 per cent in the previous month.

    In the month of December, WA recorded the lowest unemployment rate of all the States and a significantly lower unemployment rate than the Australian figure of 4.3 per cent.

    The figures released today show the creation of 10,400 new jobs in WA, bringing the State’s participation rate to 68.3 per cent - the highest of all the States in the country.

    Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts said there were more Western Australians in the workforce in the month of December, with almost 806,700 people in full-time and 318,400 in part-time work.

    “Despite some fluctuation between the months of 2007, the figures from the ABS confirm that the WA economy continues to lead the country in terms of creating jobs,” Mrs Roberts said.

    “The WA economy is going from strength to strength.”

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