Miners net the highest pay rises

The mining sector continues to lead the nation on pay increases, with resources states seeing the highest wage growth.

According to new Australian Bureau of Statistics data Western Australian workers received an average 1.5 per cent pay rise in the three months to March.

The raise was led by the resources industry, which again billed the highest pay rises in Australia.

At the low end the accommodation and food services, telecommunications, and arts and recreation industries reported an average 0.2 per cent rise.

The national average increase for mining workers was 11 times higher at 2.2 per cent.

The jobless rate also fell to 4.9 per cent in April from 5.2 per cent in March.

WA was the nation’s leader on jobs, reporting a fall in the jobless rate to 3.8 per cent, led again by the mining industry. 

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