New Figures Good News For Job Hunters

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July 28th, 2017

THE recovery in the WA job market is being driven by Perth, the inner city and the northern suburbs as potential workers find it increasingly easy to get employment.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the greater Perth area has one of the lowest unemployment rates of any major capital city in the country, falling to 5.7 per cent in June.

But across greater Perth, some regions are doing better than others.

The inner city has the lowest jobless rate, at 3 per cent. A year ago it was almost double that.

The improvement is being driven by people looking elsewhere for employment, with the total number of workers still well short of the record 110,000 set in late 2015.

In the north-eastern suburbs, unemployment fell to 4.7 per cent after hitting 9 per cent late last year. The sharp fall was driven by men who, after suffering substantial lay-offs in 2015 and early 2016 enjoyed an increase in overall employment.

Unemployment also fell in the south-east (6.2 per cent) and the south-west (5 per cent), with the regions reporting reductions since the March State election.

WA is enjoying the strongest lift in full-time employment of any part of the country, with much of that since March. Almost 19,000 jobs have been created in the Greater Perth area.

Many of those new jobs have been in the health services sector, by far the single biggest employer in the State.

Unemployment in Mandurah and Bunbury has more than halved in the past year.

Despite the better chances of finding work, there are signs it is still tough for people to get their dream job.

At the height of the mining boom, the median length of time spent between jobs was five weeks. For the past three months it was 18 weeks.