- Unemployment in Western Australia has fallen to its lowest levels in almost a year following a rise in the number of people finding full time work.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealed on Thursday the state’s jobless rate fell 0.6 percentage points in April to 5.9 per cent.
It is the first time unemployment in WA had been below six percent since June last year.
The number of Western Australians holding a full time job in the state rose by 5000 to reach 930,500, while the number of people looking for dropped by 7500.
Unemployment nationally fell to a lower than expected 5.7 per cent in April from 5.9 per cent in March.
Economists expected the jobless rate to remain at 5.9 per cent.
The number of people employed rose by 37,400, compared to an expected 5,000 rise, but the number of people in fulltime work fell by 11,600 in the month.
People in part-time employment rose by 49,000.
Unemployment fell in Tasmania to 5.9 per cent, the ACT to 3.6 per cent and New South Wales to 4.7 per cent.
Joblessness remained steady in the Northern Territory at 3.5 per cent, Queensland at 6.3 per cent and Victoria at 6.1 per cent.
Unemployment rose in South Australia to 5.3 per cent.