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.
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – June 2021
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
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – May 2021
Skills shortages and lockdowns: where will the labour market end up? The economic recovery that Australia has experienced from the COVID pandemic, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Like many island nations including our close neighbour New Zealand, Australia has... Read article
Housing Affordability in WA: A tale of two tenures
This report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre focuses on housing affordability and features findings from the fourth BCEC Housing Affordability Survey of 4,000 households across Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. This fifteenth report in BCEC’s Focus on WA... Read article
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – June 2021
This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA. WA’s economy continues to strengthen Western Australia’s domestic economic output, also known as State Final Demand, increased by 3 per cent over the March... Read article
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – April 2021
Employment falls as JobKeeper comes to an end A nationwide run of six consecutive months of employment growth was halted in April 2021, with the number of people employed falling by 30,600 as JobKeeper came to an end. Despite the... Read article