WA’s Unemployment Rate Falls in October Amidst Steady National Rate

Western Australia’s unemployment has reached its lowest level for the year, following a growth in jobs.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent for the month of October from 6 per cent in September.

October’s unemployment rate is the lowest level it has been since September 2017.

The fall in joblessness came on the back of a rise in full-time employment, with an increase of 44,700 full-time jobs.

It was the highest number since early 2015.

The State Government said it welcomed the news.

“You can see that the plan that Mark McGowan took to the election is having an impact,” Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said

He said however, WA’s unemployment levels still needed improvement.

“Of course, there’s always more work to be done, but the McGowan Government’s plan is working to create more jobs here in Western Australia.”

Nationally, the unemployment rate has remained steady at 5 per cent.

The number of full time jobs around the country rose by 42,000 over the month, while part-time jobs fell 5,200.

The State with the lowest unemployment rate is the ACT at 3.7 per cent.

NSW’s unemployment rate was steady at 4.4 per cent, while Tasmania’s rate fell to 5.3 per cent and Queensland’s rate increased to 6.3 per cent.

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