WA's unemployment rate fell from from 6.3 per cent in December to 5.9 per cent in January, while the national jobless rate rose to 6.0 per cent from 5.8 per cent.

Treasurer Mike Nahan took a positive view of lower oil prices, softer rents, “greater labour availability” and a “more competitive” exchange rate, saying they had supported growth in agriculture, education, tourism and health. He also said a multi-billion dollar infrastructure spend had created tens of thousands of jobs in the…