1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Mar 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2009   
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Sizzling Statistics

Get a Room!
Takings from Western Australian hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms continued to increase in original terms with takings in the September quarter of 2008 at $213,468,000. The occupancy rate during the period was 68.4%. (cat. no. 8635.5.55.001)

Grain Matter
In the December quarter of 2008, WA exported 1,433,000 tonnes of grain to overseas markets. This makes up about two thirds of Australia’s total grain exports for this period. (cat. no. 7307.0)

Job Hunting
The number of employed persons in WA grew during 2008 calendar year from 1,133,300 in January to 1,177,600 in December (seasonally adjusted), increasing 3.9%. During the year, the number of unemployed persons fell from 39,400 to 34,500 (seasonally adjusted), decreasing 12.5%. (cat. no. 6202.0.55.001)

School’s Out!
The number of school students in WA in 2008 increased 1.8% from 2007 to 136,401. The proportion attending government schools declined from 66.6 % to 66.1%. The number of schools in WA fell from 1,068 to 1,065. (cat. no. 4221.0)

For Sale
The Perth House Price Index declined for the 4th consecutive quarter with the December 2008 figure, 6.7% lower than for the corresponding quarter of 2007. The price index of project homes in Perth recorded its 32nd consecutive quarterly increase, up 4% on the corresponding quarter of 2007. (cat. no. 6416.0)

Spending Spree?
Western Australia’s seasonally adjusted retail turnover for the December quarter of 2008 was $6.96 billion, 11.1% of the national retail turnover figure. (cat. no. 8510.0)