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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Mar 2008  
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Feature articles

FEATURE ARTICLES
Regional household and family characteristics in Western Australia
Retail industry in Western Australia

State accounts
STATE ACCOUNTS
State final demand in Western Australia (trend chain volume terms) has slowed steadily over the last three quarters, from a growth of 3.2% ($923 million) in the March quarter 2007, decelerating by 1.2% ($383 million) or $31,249 million in the December quarter 2007.

Prices
PRICES
Perth's Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.8% in the December quarter 2007, slightly up from the 0.6% recorded in the previous quarter but lower than the national growth of 0.9%.

Consumption
CONSUMPTION
Retail turnover (trend) in Western Australia rose by 0.7% ($44 million) to $6,455 million for the three months to January 2008. Sales of new motor vehicles (trend) in Western Australia rose 0.2% (66) to 30,894 in the three months to February 2008, compared to the previous three months period.

Investment and finance
INVESTMENT AND FINANCE
Private new capital expenditure (trend chain volume measure) in Western Australia increased by 1.5% ($77 million) to $5,301 million in the December quarter 2007, lower than the growth of 2.1% ($109 million) recorded in the previous quarter. The number of dwellings financed for owner occupation (trend) in Western Australia increased 1.2% (305 commitments) in the three months to January 2008, compared to the previous three month period.

Construction
CONSTRUCTION
In the three months to January 2008, there were 4,312 houses approved for construction, 2.0% (89) less in the previous three months. the number of new house approvals (original) in Western Australia fell by 9.1% or 413 approvals, from the previous three month period.

Trade
TRADE
Western Australia's trade surplus declined by 4.5% ($457 million) to $9,604 million through the year to December quarter 2007. The value of Western Australia's exports rose by 1.1% ($173 million) to $15,283 million through the year to December quarter 2007. The value of Western Australia's imports rose by 11.3% ($630 million) to $6,218 million through the year to December quarter 2007.

Mining
MINING
Expenditure on mineral exploration (trend) in Western Australia rose 8.7% ($24 million) to $295 million in the December quarter 2007.

Tourism
TOURISM
Western Australia recorded 7,766 (8.8%) less overseas holiday-makers to the state than the corresponding quarter of 2006. There were 21,763 (25.1%) more Western Australians holidaying overseas in the December quarter 2007, compared to the same period of 2006.

Labour market
LABOUR MARKET
There were 32,600 job vacancies in Western Australia in the November quarter 2007, an increase of 9.8% (or 2,900) compared to the previous period. Full-time employment (trend) in Western Australia rose by 1.1% (9,000) to 815,600 persons in the three months to February 2008. The number of unemployed persons (trend) in Western Australia fell by 5.8% (2,200) to 35,900 persons in the three months to February 2008.

Population
POPULATION
The estimated resident population of Western Australia was 2,118,532 in the September quarter 2007, an increase of 12,749 persons (0.6%) from the previous quarter. The state's quarterly population growth was second to the Northern Territory (0.7%) and above the national increase of 0.4%.

Social trends
SOCIAL TRENDS - FAMILIES AND HOUSEHOLDS
In 2006, 11,600 marriages were registered in Western Australia, an increase of 500 (4.3%) from 2005. There were 27,800 births registered in Western Australia in 2006. This was 5.8% higher than in 2005 (26,300 births), 9.8% higher than in 2004 (25,300 births) and 12.0% higher than in 1996 (24,800). In June 2007, 11.8% of children aged under 15 years (49,200) in Western Australia were living in families where no parent was employed, decreasing from 16.3% in June 1997.



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