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Mining and resources investment is boosting job numbers, with mining states outstripping other regions of Australia in employer confidence.

According to the latest Employment Expectations report by recruitment agency Hudson Global Resources, businesses in Western Australia and Queensland are most confident about hiring new workers.

WA was the most optimistic, with 43.9 per cent of companies surveyed expecting to add new jobs, followed by QLD at 37.6 per cent.

Both resource rich states were well ahead of the national average of 21.7 per cent, which dropped four percentage points on the previous quarter.

WA recorded a 1.3 per cent drop on last quarter, but QLD was up 2.2 per cent.

According to AAP Hudson WA general manager Bruce Henderson said new mining projects were leading the biggest gains in Australian job growth.

"Jobs are being driven by new projects that are still under construction, as well as existing assets that are expanding or in ramp-up mode," he said.
"This is creating additional demand for roles in a wide variety of industries that support the mining sector."

A separate NAB survey yesterday underlined the growing gap between mining-related industries and the rest of the economy.

NAB said there was a stark difference between hiring attitudes in the mining sector and other industries.

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