City of Canning: unemployment down in local suburbs

City of Canning: unemployment down in local suburbs

OVERALL unemployment has decreased in suburbs within the City of Canning, according to statistics collated as part of the Federal Government-run Small Area Labour Markets study .

The quarterly report, which has been released since March 2015 has shown improvements across the board for Canning residents.

In the August 2015 release of Labour Force, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recommenced quarterly rebenchmarking of its labour force data labour force estimates to reflect updated population benchmarks.

Since records began, the City of Canning recorded unemployed residents at 4.6 per cent with the figure steadily declining to 4 per cent in the March 2016 quarter.

The positive news comes as the State Government launched Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative to foster relationships between small business and local governments.

The Small Business Development Corporation will encourage participating local governments sign a charter that incorporates key commitments to their small business community, including the reduction of red tape, making on-time payments to suppliers and having a plan to manage resolution of disputes.

Small Business Minister Sean L’Estrange said the initiative could pave the way for a more productive relationship between the two sectors.

“With more than 214,000 small businesses in WA, the sector is a significant contributor to the economy,” he said.

“The Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative will focus on encouraging local governments to work more closely with business owners to support economic development in local communities throughout the State.”

The figures:

                            Unemployment March 2015 Unemployment March 2016

Bentley-Wilson-St James         7.2%                            6.1%

Canning Vale East               2.9%                            2.7%

Canning Vale West               2.8%                            2.2%

Cannington-Queens Park        6.5%                            5.6%

Parkwood-Ferndale-Lynwood 5.1%                            4.8%

Riverton-Shelley-Rossmoyne        2.6%                            2.4%

Willetton                      2.8%                            2.4%