WA’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 per cent on Saturday, the lowest level since March and just a fraction of what it was at the end of September.
The figure is down from 5.6 per cent in mid-March, the highest since the Great Recession.
Workers were still receiving benefits.
There was also some good news in WA’s employment market, with the number of new jobs created in the state increasing to 2,812, from 1,569 the week before.
In Perth, which has lost more than 600,000 jobs since the beginning of the year, the number created by the end was 1,926.
“We have added jobs and the unemployment rate is not too high,” Perth unemployment minister Richard Wynne said.
“The number of people in employment has gone down and that is the key point.”
Mr Wynne said the numbers would help people adjust to the change of work, as well as providing additional support to those struggling with mental health issues.
Mr Wynne also announced a three-year program to help people with care work during their illness.
WA has had some of the worst unemployment rates in Australia, with WA’s average unemployment rate of 4.6per cent in September 2016.
The number of workers with care experience in WA has increased by more than 700,000 over the past three years, the WA Labor government said.
Work experience program for people with disabilities WA has set up a Work Experience Program for people affected by mental illness.
The WA government is also expanding the Work Experience JobBridge to provide more training and employment opportunities for people in care.
WA Labor has also introduced a new disability allowance to help those in care and support services.
The disability allowance is currently only available to people in receipt of an award under WA’s Disability Support Pension Scheme.