Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

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

    Record number of Western Australians employed in January

    14/02/2008 9:18 PM

    Western Australia’ workforce is bigger than at any time during the boom period of the 1970’s with 1,133,000 people now employed in the State, Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts said today.

    Mrs Roberts said figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed WA’s unemployment rate for January was 3.3 per cent. This remains the lowest unemployment rate of all the States and is significantly lower than the Australian figure of 4.1 per cent.

    The figures show the creation of 7,100 new jobs in WA, bringing the State’s participation rate to a record 68.8 per cent - the highest of any State.

    The Minister said the figures showed that last month there were 811,800 people in full-time and 321,500 in part-time work.

    “Despite some fluctuation in unemployment rates, WA has once again proven the strength of its economy and potential for continued growth with these latest record figures,” she said.

    “WA continues to lead the country in terms of creating jobs.

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