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Unemployment holds steady at 5.6%

Unemployment holds steady at 5.6%

Australia’s unemployment rate has remained unchanged, after an increase in jobs was cancelled out by an increase in people looking for work.

The unemployment rate for June was 5.6 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. That compares to a rate of 5.6 per cent in May and 5.8 per cent in June 2016.

Between May and June of this year, employment rose by 14,000, with full-time employment increasing by 62,000 and part-time employment decreasing by 48,000.

The participation rate in June was 65.0 per cent – an increase on the 64.9 per cent result posted the month before and the 64.8 per cent result posted the year before.

The number of hours worked throughout Australia climbed 0.5 per cent over the month and 3.9 per cent over the year.

June 2017Monthly changeAnnual change
Unemployment rate5.6%Unchanged-0.2 points
Unemployed persons0.7 million1.8%-0.8%
Employed persons12.2 million0.1%0.2%
Participation rate65.0%0.1 points0.2 points
Monthly hours worked1.7 billion0.5%3.9%

State-by-state breakdown


The Northern Territory continues to have Australia’s lowest unemployment rate, at 3.1 per cent.

South Australia continues to have the highest unemployment rate, at 6.6 per cent.

Tasmania was the big improver over the past year, with unemployment falling from 6.6 to 5.6 per cent.

The ACT recorded the worst decline, with unemployment climbing from 3.6 to 4.4 per cent.

Unemployment also worsened in Victoria, while it held steady in Queensland.

June 2017Previous monthPrevious year
New South Wales4.8%4.8%5.3%
South Australia6.6%6.9%7.0%
Western Australia5.6%5.5%5.7%
Northern Territory3.1%3.2%3.7%

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