The bad news continues for Western Australia in the post mining boom world, the only state to record an official increase in unemployment (WA Today)
. Some of the worst hit parts of WA include the traditionally struggling northern suburbs of Balga and Girrawheen but also places like Mandurah with a surprisingly high unemployment rate of 21%.
Meanwhile the rush to the eastern seaboard capitals continues with Sydney showing signs of bursting at the seams... Fairfax is reporting today that patronage on Sydney Trains has gone up 10.7% and Sydney Buses up 12.8% in one year. Almost every train line in Sydney is now considered to be overcrowded during peak times; this follows on from reports earlier this year that the Melbourne train system is also failing to cope with the crowds during peak times. From the ABC:Public Transport Victoria (PTV) figures show 20 per cent of all morning peak-hour Metro trains were overcrowded during its May survey, with the Craigieburn, Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines bearing the brunt of the load.The percentage of Craigieburn services breaching the load standard jumped from 40 to 50 per cent in the past year. On the Sunbury line, 40 per cent of morning peak-hour trains were overcrowded, along with 37.5 per cent of Cranbourne and Pakenham line trains running along the busy Dandenong corridor…
However, the unemployment rates in Sydney and Melbourne are the lowest in Australia... so the solution for those unemployed people in Western Australia is obvious isn't it? Move to the eastern states and squeeze onto those already overflowing trains.