1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Jun 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/06/2008   
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Sizzling Statistics

International Trade
WA exported $48,610m worth of goods and services in the 9 months to March 2008, 38% of the national total. WA imported $19,490m worth of goods and services in that same period, 13% of the national total.

House Price Index
Perth’s house price index has stalled, rising only 0.6% over the year to March 2008. This is in contrast to the year to March 2007 when it increased 32%.

Consumer Price Index
The CPI rose 4.3% in the 12 months to March 2008, virtually identical to the national rise of 4.2%.

Building Approvals
As at March 2008, private sector housing had fallen for 25 consecutive months. The trend estimate for total dwelling unit construction has flattened out after peaking.

Job Vacancies
As at February 2008 there were 27,100 job vacancies in WA, up from 23,900 in February 2007, 20,600 in February 2006 and 15,800 in February 2005.

Industrial Disputes
In the 6 months to February 2008, 0.73 working days were lost per 1000 employees in WA compared to 10.73 recorded in the previous 6 months.

Sales of New Motor Vehicles
Around 10,000 new motor vehicles have been sold monthly in WA during the 12 months to April 2008. The trend figure has risen slowly over that period, consistent with most other states.

Average Weekly Earnings
As of February 2008, WA male wage and salary earners were the highest paid in the nation at $1,247.50 per week. This represented an 11% increase in the 12 months to February 2008.