Australia's jobless rate stays at 5.1%

12:25, July 08, 2010      

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Australia's jobless rate was 5.1 percent in June, unchanged from May after revisions, new data showed on Thursday.

The May unemployment rate was originally reported as 5.2 percent.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 5.1 percent was the lowest level since January 2009, Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed on Thursday.

The seasonally adjusted rise in employment was three times larger than economists had forecast, comprising an 18,400 increase in full-time employment and a 27,500 increase in part-time workers.

Unemployment rates were lower in mining states, the data statement said.

The jobless rate in Queensland fell to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent and in Western Australia it was 4.0 percent compared with 4.1 percent previously.

The unemployment rate also fell to 2.8 percent from 2.9 percent in The Northern Territory.

The jobless rate was unchanged in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australia Capital Territory at 5.2 percent, 5.4 percent and 3. 3 percent respectively.

But in Tasmania, the rate rose to 6.5 percent from 6.1 percent and in South Australia it rose to 5.4 percent from 5.3 percent.



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