1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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LABOUR FORCE STATUS

  • Western Australia's unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) increased to 5.8% in September 2009, after falling to 5.4% in August. Through August and September 2009 the national unemployment rate was 5.8%.
  • While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been very volatile in recent months, the September 2009 figure for WA (5.8%) was considerably higher than the corresponding figure for September 2008 (3.0%).

1 September key figures

Sep 09
Aug 09
Sep 08

Trend

Employed Persons ('000)
1 152.2
1 154.5
1 173.8
Unemployment Rate (%)
5.7
5.6
2.7
Participation Rate (%)
68.2
68.4
69.3

Seasonally Adjusted

Employed Persons ('000)
1 151.8
1 158.2
1 169.5
Unemployment Rate (%)
5.8
5.4
3.0
Participation Rate (%)
68.2
68.5
69.2

Source: Labour Force, Australia, cat. no. 6202.0.



  • In trend terms, Western Australia's unemployment rate has been rising steadily for the past 12 months and in September 2009 reached its highest level (5.7%) since January 2004.
  • For the 5 years after September 2003, unemployment rates for Western Australian men were lower than for women as a consequence of the male-dominated resources boom. With the advent of the global economic downturn and subsequent job losses in mining and mining support activities in WA, the gap between the sexes in unemployment levels began to diminish in the second half of 2008. By September 2009, 5.6% of men in the labour force were unemployed compared with 5.8% of women (trend).



  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of employed persons fell in September 2009 by 6,400, to 1,151,800. However, the July 2009 figure (1,147,300) was the lowest recorded since May 2008 (1,138,200).
  • The September 2009 employment figure for Western Australia in seasonally adjusted terms was 17,700 less than for September 2008.




The link below provides access to Western Australian labour force data from 1978 to 2009 (All Series) from Labour Force, Australia, Spreadsheets (cat. no. 6202.0). The data can also be accessed by selecting from the list of available Excel spreadsheets in the Downloads tab associated with this publication. Table 8 is one of several tables containing labour force data for Western Australia.


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