According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Western Australia holds the lowest unemployment and underemployment rates – 4.7 and 7.2 per cent, respectively. Mark McGowan, State Premier has highlighted that these statistics demonstrate a well utilised workforce. Western Australia has the lowest unemployment rates of all the states for the 3rdmonth running.
Western Australia has been encouraging eastern states’ FIFO workers to shift west, which is now recording positive highs since 2013. Part of the attraction includes the high incomes generated by the WA mining sector.
WA’s population was also recorded to have grown by 1.3% in 2020, which was only second to Queensland’s population growth. McGowan attributed the strong growth levels to an enticing economy and excellent COVID-19 management.
“More people are moving to Western Australia from the eastern states to take advantage of the economic opportunities that our great state has to offer and our strong handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also investing heavily to keep TAFE fees low to give Western Australians, particularly younger people, the skills they need to meet local job opportunities,” said McGowan.
FIFO workers that are interested in relocating to Western Australia from the Eastern States may be entitled to a $20 000 building bonus grant.