THE ANZ Bank’s seasonally adjusted count of job vacancies advertised in WA newspapers rose by 8.1 per cent between December and January. Vacancies have risen by 2.8 per cent in the past three months and increased by 20.8 per cent through the year to January 2004.
Nationally, vacancies advertised in newspapers rose by 2.3 per cent between December and January. Vacancies have fallen by 5.6 per cent in the past three months and fell by 0.2 per cent, on a seasonally adjusted basis, in the 12 months to January.
Source: ANZ Bank
Growth in Retail Sales
Western Australia's seasonally adjusted retail sales increased by 0.7 per cent between November and December, in contrast with the national data which recorded the first seasonally adjusted decrease in monthly retail sales (at 0.6 per cent) since December 2002. WA's retail sales rose by 6.4 per cent through the year to December 2003, somewhat less than the 8.1 per cent increase recorded nationally.
In volume terms, Australia's seasonally adjusted retail sales increased by 7.4 per cent in the four quarters to December 2003 – the second highest through-the-year growth recorded since this data series began in 1982. The volume of turnover increased by 2.6 per cent between the September and December quarters. WA's growth in retail sales volume was somewhat weaker, at 1.3 per cent over the quarter and 5.9 per cent through the year to December.
Source: ABS Cat. 8501.0
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