1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Jun 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/07/2007   
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Image: Labour Market LABOUR MARKET


The number of job vacancies have risen for 6 consecutive quarters in Western Australia, increasing 4.6% (1,100) in the February quarter 2007. Sustained quarterly growth has led to a yearly increase in job vacancies of 21.4% (4,400) between the February quarters of 2006 and 2007. Of the 25,000 job vacancies recorded in the February quarter 2007, 94.8% (23,700) were private sector vacancies and 5.2% (1,300) were public sector vacancies. Private sector job vacancies grew 5.3% (1,200) in the February quarter 2007 and 22.8% (4,400) through the year to February quarter 2007. The rise in Western Australia's job vacancies indicates employment should also continue to grow through mid-2007, as long as jobs can be suitably filled by the available labour supply.


Western Australia's full-time employment (trend) rose 0.3% (up 2,600 persons) to 776,100 persons in the three months to May 2007, following growth of 0.7% (5,400 persons) in the previous three month period. All of the increase in the last three months was attributable to female full-time employment rising 1.1% (2,800 persons), partially offset by declining male full-time employment (down 200 persons). Estimated part-time employment in Western Australia rose 1.4% (4,400 persons) to 320,800 persons in the three months to May 2007, mainly attributable to increased male part-time employment (up 4.8% or 4,000 persons). Female part-time employment was up 0.4% (400 persons). Overall, employment rose 0.6% (7,000 persons) to 1,096,900 persons in the three months to May 2007.

Graph: Employed Persons, Total

The main industries contributing to the rise in Western Australia's employment (original) through the year to May 2007 (up 30,700 persons or 2.9%) were property and business services (up 10,000 persons or 8.1%), education (up 6,900 persons or 10.0%) and government administration and defence (up 5,200 persons or 11.3%). From an occupation perspective, the main occupations driving the state's employment growth were professionals (up 26,800 persons or 14.4%), associate professionals (up 9,100 persons or 6.8%) and intermediate production and transport workers (up 8,200 persons or 8.7%).


The number of unemployed persons (trend) fell 1.5% (500 persons) to 33,300 persons in Western Australia in the three months to May 2007, solely attributable to the number of unemployed males declining 5.7% (1,000 persons), partly offset by increasing female unemployed (up 3.0% or 500 persons). The unemployment rate (trend) in Western Australia fell marginally, from 3.0% in February 2007 to 2.9% in May 2007. Nationally, the unemployment rate also declined, from 4.5% to 4.3% between February and May 2007.

Graph: Unemployment Rate