WA December Unemployment Rate Drops

Seasonally the WA unemployment rate has dropped from 5.7% in November to 5.4% for December 2019. Both Queensland and Tasmania record larger declines for the month while Victoria was the only state to record an increase for the month.

According the the figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics ( the Australia's trend estimate of employment increased by 17,500 people in December 2019, with the number of unemployed people decreasing by 4,400 people and the unemployment rate decreasing by less than 0.1 pts to 5.1%.

Some other highlights from the December figures include:

  • Employment increased by 28,900 to 12,981,600 people

  • Seasonally, full-time employment decreased by 300 and part-time employment increased by almost 30,000

  • Unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 pts to 5.1%

  • Participation rate remained steady at 66.0%.

  • Monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 8.2 million hours to 1,791.1 million hours.

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