The biggest mining boom since the 1850s has failed to stop unemployment rising again across much of Perth to levels recorded at the height of the global financial crisis.
A breakdown of Workplace Relations Department figures shows unemployment in the Bassendean area is now almost double what it was in mid-2009 when the jobless rate across WA approached 6 per cent.
And it is not only in parts of Perth, with centres not directly touched by the mining boom, including Mandurah, Albany and Bunbury, also with unemployment higher than when the global economy collapsed.
Unemployment was about 4 per cent in Albany at the height of the GFC. It has now increased every quarter for the past year to reach 5.3 per cent, or almost an extra 200 people out of work.
Unemployment in WA rose by the biggest amount of any part of the country through 2009, more than doubling from its pre-GFC low of 2.3 per cent. While WA now has the lowest jobless rate of any State at 4.3 per cent, that growth in job opportunities is not being shared.
Kwinana (jobless rate 9.5 per cent) has the highest jobless level of any part of Perth, while it is also high in Armadale (7 per cent), Rockingham (6.3 per cent), inner Perth (9.5 per cent) and Bassendean (5.8 per cent).
All have jobless rates higher now than two years ago. It's a different story in the city's north.
Along coastal parts of the Stirling council area the jobless rate is 2.3 per cent while in the area's south-east it has fallen to 2.9 per cent.In Wanneroo, unemployment ranges between 3.4 per cent and 6.5 per cent. The jobless rate there was as high as 8.4 per cent early last year.
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