19/08/2021 - 17:15

WA jobless rate falls to 7-year low

19/08/2021 - 17:15

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Western Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6 per cent, the lowest since December 2013.

There were 6,500 more Western Australians working in full- or part-time jobs in July. Photo: David Henry

Western Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6 per cent, the lowest since December 2013.

There were 6,500 more Western Australians working in full- or part-time jobs in July, with a record of more than 1.4 million people in employment, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The result led to WA recording its lowest unemployment rate in 7.5 years, improving from 5.1 per cent to 4.6 per cent.

Labour force participation was 68.5 per cent, higher than all other states and well above the national rate of 66 per cent.

Premier Mark McGowan attributed the result to the state’s management of COVID-19.

“Today’s data highlights the importance of crushing and killing COVID-19,” he said.

“Not only is our policy working to protect the health and lives of Western Australians, it is also the best economic policy.”'

Australia's jobless rate - as well as that of the Northern Territory and NSW - also improved to 4.6 per cent. The ACT recorded the lowest rate, dropping from 4.9 per cent to 4.3 per cent.

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