Southeast metro unemployment rate in decline

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THE unemployment rate in the southeastern suburbs has gone on a general decline.

New figures released by the Small Area Labour Markets study show the unemployment rate in Perth had gone up from 5.4 to 6 per cent.

The southeastern suburbs have bucked the trend somewhat, with only Byford going from 4.8 to 5.3 per cent.

Gosnells saw a 2 per cent drop from 13.3 to 11.3 per cent, while Armadale Wungong and Brookedale went from 17.7 per cent to 16.9 per cent.

Armadale, Wungong and Brookdale had one of the highest unemployment rates in Perth, with Balga, Mirrabooka and Girraween all having the highest with 25.1 per cent.

Alexander Heights and Koondoola have an unemployment ate of 17 per cent, while Mandurah has an unemployment rate of 19.5 per cent.

Canning Vale East and West have the lowest unemployment rate in the area, with Canning Vale – West recording an unemployment rate of 2.2 per cent; down from 2.8 per cent.

The report is released quarterly and it is anticipated that the June quarter 2016 data will be released in September 2016.

Suburbs                             March ‘15 rate         March ‘16 rate (both per cent)

Armadale, Wungong, Brookdale        17.7                     16.9

Beckenham, Kenwick                     10.8                     9.2

Byford                            4.8                     5.3

Camillo, Champion Lakes               14.1                     12.3

Canning Vale – East                      2.9                     2.7

Canning Vale West                      2.8                     2.2

Forrestdale, Harrisdale, Piara Waters        3.6                     3

Gosnells                            13.3                     11.3

Huntingdale, Southern River               5                     4.7

Kelmscott –                             10.2                     9.7

Maddington, Orange Grove, Martin        12.6                     11.5

Roleystone                             3.5                     3.1

Serpentine, Jarrahdale               3.7                     3.6

Seville Grove                             8.4                     7.8

Thornlie                             7                     6.2

*Perth’s overall unemployment rate is 6 per cent.