Female employment has exploded, rising by +54,000 in the month and +224,600 over the year, the highest annual gain ever recorded. An anomaly, perhaps, but next week's detailed quarterly figures may show that the healthcare, social services and education sectors are indeed piling on jobs,
Unemployment declines to two year low
On the other hand the trend unemployment rate in Western Australia continues to increase, now up to 6.5 per cent.
Commentary will no doubt focus on all the reasons why the numbers must be wrong - it always does - but remember that do we have housing construction at record levels in our capital cities, an activity which always generates a strong multiplier, and new car sales ripping up all-time highs.
So there must be at least some good stuff happening.