Participation and Employment

Improved levels of labour force participation and productivity are vital to maintaining living standards and economic growth. The workforce needs of Western Australia and Australia as a whole will change as the economy undergoes cyclical upturns and downturns. This research theme informs the development of policies aimed at meeting workforce needs and promoting productivity in WA and nationally. Examples include labour market barriers and opportunities faced by disadvantaged groups in society, such as low-skilled individuals and the long-term unemployed; the role that skilled migration plays in meeting changing workforce needs; and changing labour market conditions in WA.

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BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – July 2018 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA, as at the end of Q2 2018. This quarter we explore the modest growth in household consumption, the impact WA’s weaker labour market is having... Read article 1 August 2018Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
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