In the May quarter 2008, job vacancies in Western Australia declined to 27,200, from a peak of 32,600 in the November quarter 2007. However, through the year to May quarter 2008, job vacancies in the state increased marginally by 0.8% (200 vacancies) . This was driven by the public sector increase of 21.7% (400 vacancies) to 2,300 as the private sector recorded a decline of 0.8% (down 300 vacancies) to 24,800.
Western Australia's full-time employment (trend) rose 2.1% (up 17,500 persons) to 844,000 persons in the three months to August 2008, following a rise of 1.4% (up 11,700 persons) in the previous three month period. The recent quarterly rise was attributable to increases in both male full-time employment (up 2.5% or 13,800 persons) and female full-time employment (up 1.3% or 3,700 persons).
Estimated part-time employment in Western Australia rose 0.5% (up, 1,500 persons) to 312,100 persons in the three months to August 2008, mainly due to the growth of female part-time employment (up 0.8% or 1,800 persons). In comparison, male part-time employment fell (down 0.4% or 300 persons).
Overall, employment in Western Australia grew 1.7% (up 19,000 persons) to 1,156,000 persons in the three months to August 2008, compared to the previous three months period of 0.7% (up 8,000 persons).
The major industries contributing to Western Australia's employment growth (original) through the year to August 2007 were Mining (up 18,000 or 34.6%), Construction (up 14,900 or 14.0%), Retail trade (up 11,400 or 7.3%) and Education (up 9,800 or 12.6%).
From an occupation perspective, employment growth was strong for Tradesperson and related workers (up 19,800 or 13.4%), Associate professionals (up 17,500 or 12.8%), Intermediate production and transport workers (up 16,000 or 15.5%) and Managers and administrators (11,400 or 12.9%).
The unemployment rate (trend) in Western Australia decreased from 3.3% in May 2008 to 3.1% in August 2008. Nationally, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.2% over the same three month period. The number of unemployed persons in Western Australia decreased by 5.5% (2,100 persons) to 36,400 persons in the three months to August 2008. Male unemployment decreased 12.4% (2,500 persons), while female unemployment rose 2.2% (400 persons).