Jobless figures rising
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.”