The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Western Australia decreased substantially to 5.7% during December 2017 which was down from a rate of 6.6% for November. The unemployment rate averaged 5.9% over the year to December 2017 which is lower than the rate of 6.1% average unemployment recorded over the previous year to December 2016.
Seasonally adjusted, Australia's unemployment rate rose from 5.4% in November to 5.5% in December 2017 with the average unemployment rate of the year of just 5.6%. This was a slight improvement over the rate of 5.7% average unemployment across the 12 months to December 2016.
Some of the seasonally adjusted estimates as described by abs.gov.au include:
Employment increased by 34,700 to 12,440,800
Full time employment increased 15,100 to 8,518,900
Part time employment increased 19,500 to 3,921,800
unemployment increased 20,500 to 730,600
The number of unemployed persons looking for full-time work increased 9,500
The number of unemployed persons looking for part-time work increased 10,600
Participation rate increased by 0.2 pts to 65.7%
Unemployment rate increased by .1 pt to 5.5%
Seasonally adjusted, New South Wales recorded the lowest unemployment rate of 4.8% while Tasmania and Victoria both recorded the highest with 6.1%.