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The nation’s unemployment rate has jumped to 5.4 per cent, new figures show, even as a record number of West Australians held a job.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported this morning the unemployment rate lifted by 0.3 percentage points in September.

In WA the jobless rate was steady at four per cent.

But within that measure, the total number of full time workers climbed by more than four thousand to 940,600.

The number of part time workers in WA also increased, taking total employment to an all-time high of 1.3 million.

However, the jobless rate did not fall due to a 0.4 percentage point lift in the participation rate.

The national figure follows last month’s surprising result when the unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.1 per cent.

The total number of people out of work lifted by 38,800 to almost 663,000 people.

However, the total number of people in work also lifted, climbing by 14,500.

All of those were full-time workers which were up by 32,100. Part-time employment fell by 17,700.

The participation rate, which measures the number of people in work or looking for it, increased by 0.2 percentage points.

The total number of hours worked, an indicator that has worried the Reserve Bank in recent months, improved by 7.6 million hours through the month.

Elsewhere, the jobless rate in Tasmania soared to 7.3 per cent, jumped in Queensland to 6.3 per cent, lifted in the ACT to 3.8 per cent and increased in NSW to 5.2 per cent.

It was steady in the Northern Territory (at 3.9 per cent) and Victoria (5.6 per cent) while it fell in South Australia (to 5.6 per cent)

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