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 – April 2024 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan Unemployment rate edges over 4 per cent despite solid employment growth, albeit only in part-time jobs. Vacancies and wages moderate, consistent with a gradual softening in the labour market. A rapid fall in the rate of employment growth and/or in... Read article 20 May 2024Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Annual Report 2023 Alan Duncan, Caroline Stewart 2023 was another busy year for the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC). BCEC’s publications were widely read with almost 7,000 downloads. Media mentioning BCEC was widely consumed, reaching nearly 20 million people across television, print, radio and online. Thematically, housing... Read article 1 May 2024Annual Report Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – March 2024 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan — Labour market remains strong, with few signs yet of the softening in labour demand anticipated as a result of higher interest rates. — — Resilience underscored as headline unemployment rate remains below 4 per cent, along with growth in... Read article 22 April 2024Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – February 2024 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan — Employment jumps by 116,500 workers in February, or 0.8 per cent in a single month. — — Headline unemployment rate tumbles back to 3.7 per cent, down from 4.1 per cent in January. — — Robust labour market erodes... Read article 27 March 2024Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2024 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan — Unemployment rate inches over 4 per cent for first time in two years. — — Other major labour market aggregates largely unchanged. — — Fall in vacancies gaining momentum in eastern seaboard. — Is the Australian labour market holding... Read article 19 February 2024Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – December 2023 Alan Duncan, Michael Dockery — Volatile employment figures show 65,100 jobs shed in December. — — Other indicators suggest this overstates the rate at which the labour market is weakening. — — Expect interest rates to stay on hold when the Reserve Bank Board... Read article 23 January 2024Monthly Labour Market Update Read More