Quarterly labour and economic snapshot

Quarterly labour and economic snapshot

The Department prepares a Labour and economic snapshot for Western Australia each quarter, based on the most up to date information. The snapshot provides some analysis of the current situation and outlook for the State’s labour market. The current edition is now available for download. Its key message is that labour market conditions in WA continued to be subdued in the March quarter 2017. It also shows the following.

  • Labour market conditions in the State experienced a slight improvement during the March quarter 2017. However; in an overall context, the State's labour market continues to be subdued.
  • Total employment increased by 9 100 persons during the March quarter 2017. Full time employment recorded an increase of 13 300 persons, which was partially offset by part time employment falling by 4 200 persons.
  • The State's average unemployment rate over the March quarter stood at 6.3%, which was above the national unemployment rate of 5.8%. This compares to the December quarter when the average unemployment rate for WA was 6.6% and for Australia 5.7%.
  • The latest available forward indicators suggest a continuation of subdued conditions in the State's labour market during 2017, as demand for workers remains weak.

You can view the March quarter 2017 labour and economic snapshot for WA here.

Industry information and intelligence

The Department sources information on skills supply and demand, workforce development issues, current emerging skills shortages and other related intelligence from a wide range of sources. This includes strong liaison with peak industry bodies, businesses, non-government organisations and many other stakeholders. In particular, Western Australia has industry training advisory arrangements in place with nine training councils, each covering a particular industry sector of the State’s economy.

Industry Training Councils

ITCs represent specific industry areas and play a vital leadership role in WA’s workforce planning and development, working closely with key stakeholders including peak employer, employee and industry organisations. In addition to advising the State Training Board and the Department of Training and Workforce Development about attracting, retaining and skilling a capable and sustainable workforce, the ITCs provide:

  • high level, strategic information and advice that informs the State Training Board on the training needs and priorities of industry in Western Australia;
  • market intelligence on skills supply and demand, in particular current or emerging skills shortages; and
  • recommendations for training strategies that support industry’s skills development needs.

ITCs also have a central role in the development of quality vocational and education training curriculum to ensure that the skills and knowledge gained through training is aligned with current industry competencies and requirements. A full list of WA ITCs is available on the WA State Training Board website.

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