Employment and unemployment, labour market trends and job creation are some of the most important issues for the Western Region. Long term unemployment, emigration, a mismatch between the supply and demand for skills and the urban focus of recent job growth are amongst the main challenges we face.

The quality of employment and the performance of labour markets are vitally important to the performance of the economy of the Western Region.

Our team analyses the region’s labour market, including travel-to-work patterns and available labour supply, to identify and highlight our specific needs and resources. This analysis informs WDC policy recommendations.

The WDC’s analysis of the region’s enterprise profile and trends gives an understanding of its economic structure and the basis of the local economy. The region’s enterprise structure largely determines its private sector employment patterns.