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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/10/2008   
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State accounts
Western Australia's state final demand (trend chain volume measures) rose 2.3% ($728 million) to $32,738 million in the June quarter 2008, following a growth of 2.0% ($627 million) in the previous quarter.

Perth's Consumer Price Index continued to rise, from a slow growth of 0.6% in the September quarter 2007 to a growth of 1.6% in the June quarter 2008.

Western Australia's retail turnover (trend) grew 2.1% ($129 million) to $6,190 million in the three months to July 2008. New motor vehicle sales (trend) in Western Australia declined 2.8% (848) to 29,647 vehicles in the three months to August 2008.

Investment and finance
In trend chain volume terms, private new capital expenditure in Western Australia rose by 3.5% ($196 million) to $5,761 million in the June quarter 2008. The number of dwellings financed decreased by 12.7% (2,791 commitments) in the three months to July 2008.

There were 4,199 houses (trend) approved for construction in Western Australia in the three months to July 2008, 0.2% (7 approvals) more than in the previous three month period.

Western Australia's international trade surplus rose 26.3% ($2,539 million) to $12,189 million through the year ending June 2008. The value of exports from Western Australia rose 24.1% ($3,755 million) while the value of imports into the state increased by 20.4% ($1,216 million).

Expenditure on mineral exploration in Western Australia rose by 9.3% ($31 million) to $360 million in the June quarter 2008 in trend terms

In the June quarter 2008, a total of 45,070 overseas visitors travelled to Western Australia on holiday, 10.5% (down 5,272) less than in the same period of 2007. A total of 109,970 Western Australians went overseas on holiday for the June quarter 2008, 13.0% (12,690) more than in the previous year.

Labour market
In the May quarter 2008, job vacancies in Western Australia declined to 27,200. Employment in Western Australia grew 1.7% (up 19,000 persons) to 1,156,000 persons in the three months to August 2008. The unemployment rate (trend) in Western Australia decreased from 3.3% in May 2008 to 3.1% in August 2008.

Western Australia's Estimated Resident Population was 2,149,066 in the March quarter 2008, an increase of 18,269 persons (0.9%) from the previous quarter.

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