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 of the labour and economic snapshot is now available for download. Its key message is that despite some positive short term signs in headline results, underlying labour market conditions in WA continued to be subdued in the December quarter 2017. It also shows the following.

  • Total employment increased by 6,400 persons, with full time employment decreasing by 6,600 and part time employment increasing by 13,000.
  • The State’s unemployment rate stood at 6.1%, which was 0.6 percentage points above the national unemployment rate. This compares to the September quarter when the unemployment rate for Western Australia was 5.7% and the national rate was 5.5%.
  • While both Western Australian and national unemployment rates for youth (those aged 15 to 24 years) are either at or close to historical highs, the 13.6% annual average unemployment rate for youth in Western Australia over 2017 was its highest level in 20 years, and was a full percentage point higher than the national youth unemployment rate over 2017 of 12.6%.
  • The latest available forward indicators suggest a continuation of subdued conditions in the State’s labour market during at least the next quarter or two; as demand for workers remains weak, leading to continued softness in employment growth.

You can view the December 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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