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Jobs Australia 2014: Where are the jobs in Western Australia?

Jobs spotlight: WA

Western Australia is the nation’s fourth largest employing state but it has been the fastest growing state in Australia in terms of employment, with a rise of 11.7 per cent or 140,200 over the five years to November 2013. This was almost double the national average growth rate of 6.5 per cent. Growth moderated in 2013, though, with softer conditions in the resources sector. 

Employment is more concentrated in its state capital than any other state with around three quarters of workers living in Perth (but with many flying in and out of regional centres throughout the week).

Workers in Western Australia are slightly less likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification but are more likely to hold a certificate III or higher VET qualification than the national average. 

The report notes that 13 of 19 industries experienced jobs growth.

Notable changes from 2013 report:

A slight decline of 2.5 per cent in 2013 for agriculture, forestry and fishing has since become a 43.6 per cent decline in this year’s report.

Construction enjoyed modest growth of 4.6 per cent in the 2013 report and this has increased to 17.9 per cent this year.

The huge growth rate of 80.4 per cent for electricity, gas, water and waste services in 2013 has not been sustained into 2014 with a 7.8 per cent increase reported this year.

Growth in mining halved between the two reports, but the sector is still reporting a significant growth rate of 52.8 per cent.

Significant growth rate increases are also notable for professional, scientific and technical services, rental, hiring and real estate services and transport, postal and warehousing.

The sustained high dollar may have had an impact on wholesale trade, however, as 17.1 per cent growth has since become a 16.2 per cent decline.

Where are the jobs?

 Largest employing industries:

 Fastest growing industries:

  • Mining (52.8 per cent)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (26.6 per cent)
  • Transport, postal and warehousing (25.5 per cent)
  • Administrative and support services (25.1 per cent)

Largest number of new jobs created:

  • Mining (+36,600)
  • Construction (+22,200)
  • Health care and social assistance (+19,900)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+19,700)

Largest job losses:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (-21,300)
  • Retail trade (-7,800)
  • Wholesale trade (-6,900)
  • Manufacturing (-5,600)

Where's my competition?

Highest proportion of older workers:

Lower Western WA (41 per cent).

Lowest proportion of older workers: 

Remainder-Balance WA (38 per cent) and Perth (37 per cent).

Highest proportion without a post-school qualification:

Remainder-Balance WA (44 per cent).

So you’ve got the story for your state, what about the nation? Get a wider view with the top 10 jobs for Australia and see how your state compares.


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