Qld unemployment equal worst in country

Laura Polson

The number of jobless Queenslanders has risen to become the equal worst in the country, new figures reveal.

Labour force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 6.1 per cent in March to 6.5 per cent in April.

It is well above the national rate of 5.6 per cent and puts the state equal to Western Australia.

That is despite 22,600 people finding employment across the country in April.

The national jobless rate is at its highest level since July last year.