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 – February 2021 Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan The BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update provides expert insights and analysis around the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data release, focusing on employment patterns across state and territories. A national jobs surge… The release of estimates from the... Read article 19 March 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – March 2021 Steven Bond-Smith, Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Silvia Salazar This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA. Key findings from this edition include: Is the WA economy in good shape? Western Australia is in better economic shape than any other state as... Read article 9 March 2021Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2021 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery The BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update provides expert insights and analysis around the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data release, focusing on employment patterns across state and territories. Full-time work grows, part-time work falls, but hours worked plummet?... Read article 26 February 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
Back in Business? WA Small Businesses and the Impact of COVID-19 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the economy and business sector, but for small businesses these shocks can be more challenging to deal with, with fewer resources to draw from. The latest lockdown is a set-back for WA’s... Read article 5 February 2021COVID-19 Insights  |  Focus on WA Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – December 2020 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery The BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update provides expert insights and analysis around the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data release, focusing on employment patterns across state and territories. Employment recovery continues: but will full-time work catch up?... Read article 29 January 2021Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
Agriculture in WA – Update Note Steven Bond-Smith, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar This research note provides an update on current trends in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector in Western Australia. The economic and employment contribution that the sector makes to the Western Australian economy are discussed, along with the latest trends... Read article 1 December 2020Briefing Notes Read More