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Published on September 29th, 2011 | by


Construction and mining jobs surge in Australia

More skilled migrant workers are needed to help fill vacancies in Australia’s mining regions.

The number of vacant jobs rose 3.2 per cent to 187,100 last month, with Western Australia and Queensland in particular showing growth.In Western Australia, there are just 1.6 unemployed people for every vacant job, down from 1.9 in May, according to figures from the Bureau of Statistics. And Queensland’s annual growth in job vacancies was the quickest in the country, surging 33 per cent in the year to 44,600.

A senior economist at NAB Capital, David de Garis, said the figures suggested job growth was strongest in mining, engineering and construction.”It’s one of the first indicators we’ve seen that suggests the resources boom is spilling into the broader labour market,” Mr de Garis said. Earlier this week, mining giant BHP Billiton said that the mining boom would create 170,000 jobs in the next five years.

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