The unemployment rate in Western Australia is feared to reach 13 per cent with 100,000 people set to lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus, according to data from the state’s peak business group.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA’s chief economist Aaron Morey has warned going forward to a full lockdown could increase the unemployment rate to 18 per cent, leaving about 180,000 people out of work.

“WA businesses are reflecting the largest fall in confidence on record, with 85 per cent impacted by plunging demand,” Mr Morey said.

“The $130 billion wage lifeline announced by the prime minister is an extraordinary step to protect Australian jobs and businesses.

“It will help to shield our businesses and workers against those job losses.”