THE ANZ Bank's seasonally adjusted count of job vacancies advertised in WA newspapers rose by 2.3 per cent between June and July. Vacancies have risen in each of the past three months, accumulating growth of 15.3 per cent since their April dip. WA's vacancies increased by 27.9 per cent through the year to July 2003.
Nationally, the picture was positive but weaker. Australian seasonally adjusted newspaper vacancies rose by 1.4 per cent between June and July. Although vacancies have risen by 12.5 per cent since their recent trough in April, July's total was still 0.7 per cent below its level a year previously, in marked contrast to WA's growth.
Internet jobs were stronger, rising nationally by 12.4 per cent in July to the highest level since May 2001. This increase partly reflects the impact of a new government employment services contract. In the year to July the number of Internet job advertisements rose by 17.1 per cent (note that Internet job counts are not available on a state basis).
Source: ANZ Bank
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