The latest labour market numbers were good news for WA.

Big drop in WA unemployment

The unemployment rate in Western Australia has dropped a whopping 0.5 percentage points in March, to 5.5 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms.


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with 60% of the working population being used, as casual, with no rights, it is virtually impossible for them to register as unemployed, They would be entitled to nothing. The true figure of "Casual workers" that are unemployed would be 3 times the governments made up figures. Permanent jobs, that offer paid holiday entitlements, are few and the W.A. economy is fed off the backs of casual, slave labor with no rights and no benefits.

The latest numbers indicate nearly 70 per cent of those employed are in full time jobs. Thanks for your comments.

Perth, Australia
Would really love to see where these numbers are coming from. We are certainly seeing a reduction in expected sectors, but also reductions from offshoring, companies moving east, M&A activity where the Perth company is acquired and duplicate jobs are eliminated/moved, and a few green shoots. Job applications have doubled in the last six months on average from our view, many of which are from those not working. Perth will recover, but it hasn't hit bottom yet, hard to agree with the article suggesting employment numbers are improving.

Thanks for your comment - just to be clear Eric it isn't me saying it, its just the update from the ABS. Hopefully we're on the way back up!

We have seen a dramatic increase in hiring activity across our mining clients as well as non-mining. And we have also seen, for the first time in a long time, candidates having a choice of offers, and accepting other roles before our clients have made them an offer. This increase in competitiveness for the best candidates is a welcome return of positivity to the market. Whilst we are far from calling it a buoyant jobs market, it is starting to show those signs again. We are also getting clients needing us after not having success with their own advertising, again, a very positive sign that the market is tightening a little, and choice is returning for candidates. Regarding employment among women, we are certainly seeing female candidates returning to the market after a break to have children, as a result of their husbands either losing their jobs, or taking reduced hours and pay.

I wonder what the actual unemployment rate is. Y'know, what the numbers are like before they get cooked and fiddled with.

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