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WESTERN AUSTRALIA HIT BY RECCESION

04-08-2016
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Although there are welders working at Alltype Engineering in Perth, they are scarce. The business has invested in equipment during the boom, and now machinery remains idle.

"I've been here when the workers were almost falling over each to do the work and now it's half empty," says James England, WA manager of the Australian Steel Institute.

He continues to say that all over the state, there would be about 500 metal fabrication shops in the same position.

In the past, employers from the steel industry couldn't get enough workers, as skilled tradespeople, lured by the big money on offer, took up jobs on resources construction projects in the state's north-west.

Many of them can’t find work now.

In the industrial belts of the outer-Perth suburbs of Henderson or Bibra Lake and you'll see shuttered factory after shuttered factory.

During the boom years, companies struggled to find office space here and would-be entrepreneurs literally worked out of cafes.

Now the bust is plain to see.

Joe's Bakery in West Perth used to have a thriving trade providing catering to the so-called "junior miners" which had offices in the district. Most of the junior miners are gone now.

In the industrial belts of the outer-Perth suburbs of Henderson or Bibra Lake and you'll see shuttered factory after shuttered factory.

During the boom years, companies struggled to find office space here and would-be entrepreneurs literally worked out of cafes.

Joe's Bakery in West Perth used to have a thriving trade providing catering to the so-called "junior miners" which had offices in the district. Most of the junior miners are gone now.

According to a survey Uber conducted, more than one-in-five Uber drivers in WA used to work in the mining and resources economy.

 

Article: ABC

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