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Employment trends

Employment trends

Western Australia achieved consistently strong employment growth between 2001-02 and 2008-09, creating 218 100 new jobs. The main industries driving this growth were construction, mining, health care and social assistance, retail trade, and public administration and safety.

Between 2009-10 and 2016-17, employment is forecast to grow by 239 000 persons. All industries are expected to experience positive employment growth, with the largest number of new jobs forecast in retail trade, manufacturing, health care and social assistance, construction, and education and training.

Where the jobs are in Western Australia

The Western Australian employment trends and prospects report identifies historical and future employment growth in occupations in Western Australia based on current Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and Monash employment projections for the State.

The top 10 occupations expected to create the greatest number of new jobs in the seven year period to 2017 include:

  • storepersons (6,400 new jobs)
  • office managers (6,400)
  • structural steel and welding trades workers (5,800)
  • advertising and sales managers (5,300)
  • truck drivers (5,100)
  • shelf fillers (4,600)
  • contract, program and project administrators (4,000)
  • electricians (3,800)
  • education aides (3,600)
  • accountants (3,600)

For more information on employment trends, the economy and training delivery within Western Australia take a look at the profile of Western Australia on the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.

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