The resources industry in Western Australia: 2001-02 to 2005-06
The agriculture industry in Western Australia
|STATE 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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
Expenditure on mineral exploration in Western Australia rose by 12.2% ($22 million) to $200 million in the December quarter 2006 in trend terms.
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.
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.
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.
|SOCIAL 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.