WA Economy

While the Western Australian economy has had a sustained period of continuous economic growth, successive governments, policy-makers, businesses and individuals continue to grapple with the policy dilemmas of a changing economic landscape, slow productivity growth, and disruptive technologies.

This research theme aims to provide insights into the changing WA economy, based on the most up-to-date data and independent research, to ensure economic agents can better understand the complexities of the economy, its growth trajectory as well as future growth opportunities and challenges.

The WA Economy research theme also provides a monthly update on WA’s labour market within an Australian context, with our BCEC Monthly Labour Market Updates. A detailed WA economic update is also available through the BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary. These outputs ensure analysis on critical economic indicators is available on a regular and frequent basis.

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BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – September 2021 Restrictions come and restrictions go With NSW, Victoria and the ACT all in lockdown during the 29 August to 11 September reference period for the most recent labour force survey, COVID-19 continues to stifle the national labour market. The September... Read article 20 October 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – September 2021 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA. WA’s economic performance continues to impress WA’s AFL teams did not manage to make finals this year, but WA’s ability to host the 2021... Read article 12 October 2021Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
Creativity at the Crossroads? The creative industries in Western Australia Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Abebe Hailemariam, Silvia Salazar, Richard Seymour This report, the sixth in the Focus on Industry series provides an in-depth look at the Arts and Cultural sectors within the Western Australian economy. With the boundaries of the sector defying definition by standard statistical collections, this report takes a... Read article 24 September 2021BCEC Reports  |  Focus on Industry Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – August 2021 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan Lockdowns hammer the east coast labour market That employment fell in the August 2021 labour force figures for Australia came as no surprise – it was always just a question of ‘by how much’. The answer ended up being a... Read article 21 September 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – July 2021 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan Lockdowns strike again in the East At the national level, the latest labour force figures can offer little more than a confirmation that the labour market had been recovering nicely until the economy was plunged into another round of lockdowns,... Read article 23 August 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – June 2021 Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan Labour market strong in June but likely to unravel fast The latest labour force figures from the ABS revealed the continued strength of the Australian labour market, with the unemployment rate falling to a ten year low of 4.9 per... Read article 23 July 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More