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Labour Force

15/06/2004 - 22:00

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Labour Force

Labour Force

Western Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from a revised estimate of 5.1 per cent in April to 5 per cent in May, the lowest of the states. For the second month in a row, this took WA's unemployment rate to its lowest level since the current monthly data series began in February 1978.

Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 5.6 per cent to 5.5 per cent over the month to May, to its lowest level since June 1981. However, the decrease was due to an unusually large drop in the participation rate (0.4 percentage points) not employment growth, as employment decreased by 0.4 per cent over the month. Annual employment growth was 2 per cent through the year to May. In May 2003, Australia's unemployment rate was 6.2 per cent.

Unlike Australia, WA recorded positive employment growth of 0.4 per cent over the month to May, while its participation rate rose marginally. However, the employment gain was driven entirely by strong growth in part-time employment, which rose by 6,900 (2.4 per cent) between April and May. WA's full time employment fell by 2,600 (0.4 per cent) over the month.

Source: ABS Cat.6202.0

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