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WA stays at top of jobs table
WA stays at top of jobs table

The nation’s job market was steady during July with unemployment unchanged at 5.2 per cent.

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a 9200 increase in full time employment in the month while part-time employment grew by 4800.

There was a small drop of 2500 in the number of people out of work while the participation rate – the proportion of people with a job or looking for one – was steady.

WA maintained its position at the top of the jobs table, with unemployment at a low 3.6 per cent, after increase of 0.1 percentage points.

There was an 8300 drop in the number of full-time workers but the number of part-time workers in WA rose by 4100.

Analysts had been expecting some moderate jobs growth nationally in July with the unemployment rate tipped to stay at 5.2 per cent.

July was the first full month of the introduction of the carbon tax.

Elsewhere, the jobless rate in NSW increased to 5.2 per cent, was up half a percentage point in Queensland to 5.8 per cent and increased slightly in the ACT to 3.7 per cent.

It fell in Victoria to 5.4 per cent, dropped sharply in South Australia to 5.4 per cent, edged down in Tasmania to 6.2 per cent and was steady at 4.1 per cent in the Northern Territory.

While total employment was largely steady, there was some positive news on working hours.

Total working hours lifted by 13.4 million hours to more than 1.6 billion through the month.

The West Australian

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