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A National Australia Bank subsidiary in the United States has acquired US loan and deposit assets for a cash payment of $US76 million ($A90.31 million).
A National Australia Bank subsidiary in the United States has acquired US loan and deposit assets for a cash payment of $US76 million ($A90.31 million).

The slowdown in the WA full time jobs market is gathering pace as new figures reveal the national unemployment steady through January.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported today the jobless rate was 5.4 per cent last month, the same as December.

Almost 10,000 full-time jobs disappeared nationally through the month but they were offset by a 20,200 increase in the total number of part-time jobs.

Those lost full-time jobs were almost all in WA.

The State's jobless rate fell sharply to 4 per cent from 4.3 per cent but it was only achieved on the back of a large reduction in the number of people looking for work.

Total full-time employment in WA fell 8200 to a little over 942,000.

Full-time employment is now back to where it was in August last year.

Only the fall in the participation rate, and a large increase in part-time work, brought down the overall jobless rate.

All of the full-time jobs lost in WA were by women, with the actual number of male full-time workers lifting through the month.

Elsewhere, unemployment was up in South Australia (to 6.1 per cent), Victoria (6.1 per cent), Tasmania (7.8 per cent) and the ACT (4.5 per cent).

Queensland's jobless rate fell markedly, to 5.5 per cent from 6.1 per cent while it was steady at 5.1 per cent in NSW and in the Northern Territory at 3.9 per cent.

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