The economy continues to show signs of struggling, with the jobless rate increasing in February after the nation shed 15,000 part-time workers.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 per cent.

While full-time employment was steady at 8.1 million there was a 15,400 drop in part-time workers.

The number of people out of work increased by more than 16,000 to 632,000 even though the participation rate - the number of people looking for work or in it - dropped by 0.1 percentage points.

Despite the national increase, the unemployment rate across WA fell by 0.1 percentage points to 4.1 per cent.

The number of full-time workers in WA rose by more than 16,000 to an all-time high of 912,000.

That helped to offset a drop of 12,000 in the number of part-time workers.

Elsewhere, the jobless rate rose in South Australia (to 5.2 per cent), in Queensland (to 5.7 per cent), Victoria (to 5.4 per cent) and the Northern Territory (to 4.3 per cent)

It was steady in NSW (at 5.2 per cent) and the ACT (3.6 per cent) while it fell in Tasmania to seven per cent.

The West Australian

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