15/07/2009 - 12:32

WA job applications up 6% in June

15/07/2009 - 12:32

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Western Australians have bombarded job hunting website Seek in June with applications up 6 per cent as job advertisements fall nearly 5 per cent, a survey shows.

Western Australians have bombarded job hunting website Seek in June with applications up 6 per cent as job advertisements fall nearly 5 per cent, a survey shows.

The Seek employment index, which measures the ratio of new jobs to job applications on the Seek website, fell by a seasonally adjusted 4.7 per cent in June.

The index declined for the second consecutive month after dropping by 8.1 per cent in May and was 59.4 per cent lower from June 2008.

But the June month result was the second best in 10 months after April's rise of 0.2 per cent.

It was also better than the average monthly decline of 6.1 per cent seen between September 2008 and May 2009.

SEEK Employment managing director Joe Powell said while the result was encouraging, the overall trend pointed to the jobs market stabilising rather than improving.

"Despite recent comments that suggest Australia may avoid a recession and growing consumer confidence, it is still a very competitive market for those seeking employment," Mr Powell said.

"The June results once again suggest that to remain competitive in today's job market, you really need to look at up-skilling.

"Those jobseekers that have qualifications and the flexibility to move around, should look to those areas where their skills are in most demand."

New applications for jobs on the website rose 0.1 per cent in June while advertisements for new jobs fell 4.5 per cent.

New jobs ads were down 48.4 per cent on the corresponding month in 2008.

Victoria experienced the biggest fall in job ads in June, down seven per cent, followed by Western Australia, down 4.9 per cent lower.

Western Australia had the largest rise in job applications during June, up six per cent, while Queensland increased 3.4 per cent, Victoria fell 3.8 per cent and New South Wales was down one per cent.

Australia's national jobless rate currently stands at 5.8 per cent.

The latest figures follow an ANZ survey released earlier this month which showed job advertisements rose by 3.6 per cent in June, bucking the national trend which fell by 6.7 per cent.

The ANZ survey canvasses jobs advertised in newspapers and on the internet.

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