Unemployment rate rises to 6.3%

Unemployment rate rises to 6.3%

The latest jobless figures show unemployment has risen dramatically in the last month from 6 to 6.3 percent, despite the creation of more than 38,000 jobs.

Economists were widely predicting unemployment would rise, but only to 6.1 percent.

The jump has been attributed to the participation rate, which soared 0.3 percentage points to 65.1 per cent.

But the government has played down the jump instead focusing on the increase in the number of jobs created in the month of July.

“The strengthening employment growth figures are encouraging,” Employment Minister Eric Abetz said, following the release of the figures.

But the Shadow Minister for Employment Brendan O’Connor said the figures are “damning” especially in relation to states that are seen as economic powerhouses.

Western Australia’s unemployment rate is now higher than the national average, rising from 5.6 percent in June to 6.4 percent in July, which Mr O’Connor said will surprise most Australians.

Elsewhere, South Australia still has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.9 percent, down 0.2 percent on last month’s figures, despite the federal government’s commitment to the shipbuilding industry this week.

South Australia’s’ Employment Minister Gail Gago said she is hopeful the numbers will continue to decline as jobs initiatives are implemented.

“NBN Co has announced work that will lead to 400 jobs in South Australia and the Northern Territory, major works on the North-South Corridor will support 480 jobs a year during construction and work on a new 100-turbine wind farm in the mid-north will create 250 jobs.”

See more unemployment data at the Australian Bureau of Statistics site.

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