Job­less fig­ures ris­ing

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE -

NEW fig­ures have shown un­em­ploy­ment in the Man­durah re­gion is con­tin­u­ing to rise, in con­trast to bet­ter jobs data across greater Perth and WA gen­er­ally.

In par­tic­u­lar, women in the Man­durah re­gion con­tin­ued to lose jobs faster, with­out find­ing re­place­ment work, than any­where else across greater Perth.

Data ex­tracted for Com­mu­nity News showed the un­em­ploy­ment rate rose 1.2 per cent in the year to Septem­ber 30 in the Man­durah re­gion, ex­tend­ing from Madora Bay to Her­ron, and east through Pin­jarra.

At 8 per cent, un­em­ploy­ment is worse in Man­durah than any other greater Perth re­gion.

WA’s job­less rate edged down to 6 per cent in Septem­ber, while na­tion­ally the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics quar­terly data showed the un­em­ploy­ment rate at 5 per cent, its low­est point since 2012.

In Man­durah, male un­em­ploy­ment was gen­er­ally flat, ris­ing just 0.5 per­cent­age points over the past year on a 12-month rolling av­er­age to 8.4 per cent at Septem­ber 30.

But while the fe­male un­em­ploy­ment rate in Man­durah was lower at 7.5 per cent, it climbed 1.9 per cent across the year.

Peel Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try gen­eral man­ager An­drew McKer­rell said smaller re­tail­ers in Man­durah were strug­gling to com­pete in an over­sat­u­rated mar­ket.

“I am con­fi­dent em­ploy­ment will pick up into the Christ­mas and sum­mer sea­son,” he said.

“I am ex­pect­ing the fig­ures to im­prove. To a cer­tain ex­tent, these fig­ures are a flow-on ef­fect of the down­turn dur­ing win­ter.”

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