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WA defies national jobless lift
WA defies national jobless lift

WA has defied the national trend to record a lower unemployment rate in June, down 0.3 percentage points to 3.5 per cent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported today that, nationally, the nation's jobless rate increased in June to 5.2 per cent.

The ABS data showed 33,500 full-time jobs disappeared last month, partly offset by a 6600 increase in part-time worker numbers.

The figures put renewed pressure of the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates.

The number of people unemployed lifted by 1.1 per cent or 7200 to 631,600.

The 0.1 percentage point increase in the jobless rate would have been worse if not for a 0.2 percentage point fall in the participation rate.

There was also a drop in the number of hours worked through the month, falling by 19.6 million hours to 1.6 billion hours.

This week's ANZ job ads measure pointed towards a further fall-off in employment in coming months.

But WA defied the trend, with the unemployment rate in the State falling 0.3 percentage points to 3.5 percent.

Full-time employment across WA increased by 6500 to an all-time high of 934,400.

However, part time worker numbers fell by 5500 while the participation rate dropped 0.4 percentage points.

Elsewhere, the jobless rate in NSW increased to 5.1 per cent after a 28,100 drop in full time employment.

By contrast, the jobless rate in Victoria increased to 5.5 percent, from 5.4 per cent, even though total full time employment increased by 12,700.

Unemployment fell in Queensland to 5.3 per cent, from 5.7 per cent but soared in South Australia to 6.4 percent from 5.2 per cent and in Tasmania to 7.4 percent.

The jobless rate was steady at 3.6 per cent in the ACT and ticked up slightly in the Northern Territory to 4.2 per cent.

The West Australian

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