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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Mar 2007  
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Link: Feature Articles

FEATURE ARTICLES
The resources industry in Western Australia: 2001-02 to 2005-06
The agriculture industry in Western Australia


Link: State AccountsSTATE ACCOUNTS
State final demand in Western Australia rose by 0.9% to $27,066 million in the December quarter 2006 in trend chain volume terms.

Link: PricesPRICES
Inflation eased in Perth over the last two quarters, with growth in Perth's consumer price index (CPI) falling to 0.4% in the December quarter 2006, down from 1.8% and 1.1% in the two preceding periods respectively. Wages grew by 1.1% in Western Australia in the December quarter 2006, according to the wage price index of total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses.

Link: ConsumptionCONSUMPTION
Retail turnover in Western Australia rose by 3.1% ($183 million) in trend terms in the three months to January 2007, compared to the previous three month period. Sales of new motor vehicles have increased in Western Australia over the last thirteen months, from 8,711 vehicles in January 2006 to 10,019 vehicles in February 2007 in trend terms.

Link: Investment and Finance
INVESTMENT AND FINANCE
After peaking at $4,423 million in the June quarter 2006, business investment in Western Australia declined for the second successive quarter in December 2006, falling 2.9% or $128 million in trend chain volume terms. The number of dwellings financed for owner occupation in Western Australia has continued to decline in each of the last eight months, from 9,616 commitments in May 2006 to 8,235 commitments in January 2007 in trend terms.

Link: ConstructionCONSTRUCTION
The number of house approvals in Western Australia has fallen for eleven consecutive months, from 1,886 in February 2006 to 1,584 in January 2007 in trend terms - down 16.0% or 302 approvals.

Link: TradeTRADE
Western Australia's trade surplus rose by 21.4% ($1,748 million) to $9,919 million through the year to December quarter 2006, following a strong rise in the previous period of 35.7% ($2,613 million) through the year to September quarter 2006.

Link: Mining MINING
Expenditure on mineral exploration in Western Australia rose by 12.2% ($22 million) to $200 million in the December quarter 2006 in trend terms.

Link: TourismTOURISM
The number of overseas holidaymakers arriving in Western Australia rose by 7.0% (5,722) in the December quarter 2006 compared to the same period of 2005.

Link: Labour MarketLABOUR MARKET
Full-time employment in Western Australia rose by 0.7% (5,100 persons) to 773,100 persons in the three months to February 2007 in trend terms. The unemployment rate for Western Australia fell from 3.3% in November 2006 to 3.0% in February 2007 in trend terms.

Link: PopulationPOPULATION
The preliminary estimated resident population for Western Australia was 2,061,477 in the September quarter 2006, an increase of 10,593 persons or 0.52% from the June quarter 2006.

Link: Social Trends - Families and HouseholdsSOCIAL TRENDS - FAMILIES AND HOUSEHOLDS
In 2005, 11,100 marriages were registered in Western Australia, representing an increase of 500 (4.9%) from 2004, and there were 5,300 divorces in the same year. There were 26,300 births registered in Western Australia in 2005, 3.8% higher than in 2004 (25,300 births) and 8.2% higher than in 2003 (24,300 births). In June 2006, 11.6% of children under 15 (47,200) in Western Australia were living in families where no parent was employed, decreasing from 15.7% in June 1996.


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