Locals reap rewards as WA exports soar 35%

Western Australian exports increased 35% last year, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report.

Total exports grew from $83 billion in 2009/10 to $112 billion in 2010/11.

Iron ore exports increased more than 67% to $57 billion.

China was Western Australia’s biggest export recipient.

The mining industry is the cornerstone of WA’s economy, making up 28% of the state’s production.

West Australians’ earnings last year rose by $164 per week for men and $62 per week for women.

Western Australia’s healthcare and social assistance sector grew significantly, and employing 17,800 more people in 2010/11.

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