Tough times for con­struc­tion job­seek­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Shane Wright

The WA jobs mar­ket is con­tin­u­ing to weaken, with signs the State’s con­struc­tion sec­tor is fac­ing tougher days ahead.

Fig­ures from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics show that in the three months to the end of Au­gust there were just 17,500 job va­can­cies in the State.

In the past year, the num­ber of va­can­cies has fallen 14.6 per cent, with the Au­gust per­for­mance the worst since 2005.

The pri­vate sec­tor has been hit hard­est, with va­can­cies down more than 15 per cent over the year. The pub­lic sec­tor has been flat. Min­ing sec­tor va­can­cies fell 23 per cent in the past year.

Job­seek­ers should look to the health and aged-care in­dus­tries, where va­can­cies have soared more than 26 per cent.

Sep­a­rate fig­ures from the Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion sug­gest the end of the min­ing boom is con­tin­u­ing to weigh on the WA build­ing sec­tor.

WA was ranked the worst State or Ter­ri­tory for con­struc­tion in the past three months.

The State was num­ber one be­tween 2008 and 2013.

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