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EMPLOYED PERSONS, Total
The main industries contributing to the rise in Western Australia's employment (original) through the year to May 2008 (up 25,000 or 2.3%) were Mining (up 24,200 persons or 48.8%), Construction (up 16,000 or 15.1%), Education (up 9,700 persons or 12.7%) and Manufacturing (up 7,800 persons or 8.0%). In contrast, industries that recorded declining growth over the same period of time included Retail trade (down 10,200 persons or 6.4%), Agriculture, forestry and fishing (down 6,500 persons or 15.1%) and Government administration and defence (down 4,400 persons or 8.6%).
From an occupation perspective, the main occupations driving the state's employment growth were Tradesperson and related workers (up 19,400 persons or 13.3%), Intermediate production and transport workers (up 16,400 persons or 16.0%), Associate professionals (up 3,500 persons or 2.5%) and Managers and administrators (up 3,300 persons or 4.0%). However, decreases for the year to May 2008 were recorded for the occupations of Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers (down 11,100 persons or 6.1%), Elementary clerical, sales and service workers (down 10,200 persons or 10.4%) and Advanced clerical and service workers (down 600 persons or 1.6%).
The unemployment rate (trend) in Western Australia rose marginally, from 3.2% in February 2008 to 3.4% in May 2008. Nationally, the unemployment rate also slightly increased, from 4.1% to 4.2% between February and May 2008. The number of unemployed persons (trend) rose by 7.2% (2,700 persons) to 40,200 persons in Western Australia in the three months to May 2008. Unemployed Males contributed twice as much to the unemployment figure with an increase of 9.5% (1,900 persons), while the female unemployment figures were up 4.6% (800 persons).
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