Exports from Western Australia increased from a total value of $83 billion in 2009-10 to $112 billion in 2010-11, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Iron ore saw the biggest increase, from $34 billion being exported in 2009-10 to $57 billion in 2010-11. China continued to be the state's biggest export recipient during this period.

The mining industry remained a cornerstone of the local economy, making up 28% of the state's production. 

Western Australian residents also saw an increase in their weekly earnings during this period. Male earnings increased by $164 and female earnings increased by a smaller $62.

The state's Health Care and Social Assistance industry grew significantly, employing 17,800 more people in 2010-11 than in 2009-10. 

For further information, see Western Australia at a Glance, 2012 (cat no. 1306.5)

Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced it has become a member of the new China Beijing International Mining Exchange (CBMX). The CBMX is an electronic trading platform that will provide participating members with an additional iron ore trading channel in the China market.

Chevron has launched its first major recruitment drive to find operations personnel for the company’s $29 billion Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project.

Energy Resources of Australia has announced it will invest $120 million to further explore its Ranger mine site.

The Federal Government has announced it will allow skilled workers from the United States, such as electricians, plumbers and other trades, to get their licence to work in Australia on arrival.

The Western Australian Government has passed the gas services Information Bill, with State Energy Minister Peter Collier saying the legislation will play a key role in securing the state’s gas supply and security.

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