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WA Economic Profile for October 2017

Main updates this month

Labour market

  • Total employment rose 3.6 per cent (48,066) through the year to September 2017, with rising full-time employment (up 6 per cent or 50,349) offsetting falling part‑time employment (down 0.5 percent or 2,283).
  • The unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent in September 2017 was below the 5.9 per cent in the previous month and 6.0 per cent a year ago.
  • The decrease in the unemployment rate in September 2017 was due to higher full-time employment (up 4,465) and part-time employment (up 3,831) and lower unemployment (down 2,271).
  • The participation rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 68.2 per cent in September 2017, increasing the size of the labour force by 6,024 people.


  • The value of construction activity fell across all broad sectors in 2016-17, including:
  • Residential building down 26 per cent to $6.6 billion;
  • Non-residential building down 5 per cent to $4.5 billion;
  • Heavy industry engineering down 35 per cent to $17.5 billion; and
  • Other engineering down 24 per cent to $7.0 billion.
  • Western Australia had $6.5 billion of building activity in the pipeline in the June quarter 2017, below the $7.0 billion in the previous quarter.


The latest WA Economic Profile will be available on the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation’s website soon.