At least 10,000 jobs are forecast to go in Western Australia over the next 18 months as an economic forecaster projects a 50 per cent fall in mining investments over the next two years.

BIS Shrapnel senior economist Richard Robinson said the 10,000 figure is the least amount of job losses currently forecast, adding that "it could possibly be worse".

He said the job losses will predominately come from the mining sector, where 10,000 jobs are likely to go in the sector alone over the next two to three years.

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