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EMPLOYMENT opportunities in WA are expected to rise by 1.7 per cent in the current quarter.

Drake Employment third quarter forecast data reveals that while this figure is just 0.2 per cent above the national average, it is nonetheless far more positive than the South Australian and Tasmanian forecasts of 0.4 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively.

WA offers the second greatest employment prospects this quarter, on a percentage basis, a distant second from the Northern Territory’s forecast of a 3.9 per cent improvement. However, these proportions are clearer when translated to actual jobs on offer for the quarter – 14,996 in WA and 3,405 in the Northern Territory.

Nationally, almost 130,000 jobs are on offer in the September quarter, most of these in retail, hospitality and tourism, business services and construction, Drake reported.

Construction was so buoyant in four States, including WA, that the industry was having enormous difficulty securing skilled tradespeople, Drake marketing director Andrew Dingjan said. Consumer confidence had returned, following the distinct flagging of confidence in the lead up to the Iraqi war and following the SARS outbreak, he said.

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