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Western Australia Tops Growth

03 April 2011 by News Desk

 

western-australia-mapWestern Australia continues to record the fastest population growth rate at 2.1%, followed by Queensland (1.8%), Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (both 1.7%), New South Wales and the Northern Territory (both 1.3%), South Australia (1.1%) and Tasmania (0.8%).

Australia’s overall population growth slowed to 1.6% for the year ending September 2010 (345,500 increase), down from its peak growth rate of 2.2% in the year ending December 2008 and the lowest since 2006 (319,100), according to The Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Net overseas migration continued to decline to the end of September 2010. The preliminary net overseas migration estimate for the September quarter 2010 (42,500 people) was 41.2% lower than that for the September quarter 2009 (72,300 people). Based on preliminary figures, there were 301,500 births registered in the year ending September 2010, 1.1% more than the previous year.

The report showed more encouraging signs for the state of the economy. Seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.5% in February, the best monthly read since the middle of last year, and followed a rise of 0.4% in January.
As for building approvals, this number fell more sharply than expected in February. The total number of houses and apartments approved for construction fell a seasonally-adjusted 7.4% on the previous month.

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