Tough times for construction jobseekers
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.