Jobless rate steady at 7.6%

Tasmania's unemployment rate has remained steady at 7.6 per cent in trend terms in January, according to figures released this morning.

The Australian  Bureau of Statistics figures show that the state's jobless rate was steady last month, while the participation rate was also unchanged at a low of 59.7 per cent.

The number of Tasmanians employed either in full-time or part-time work was up 200 from December, the ABS says.

Tasmania still boasts the highest unemployment rate in the country in trend terms, ahead of South Australia on 7.6%, Victoria 6.4%, Queensland 5.9%, NSW 5.8%, WA 4.7%, the Northern Territory 4% and the ACT on 3.8%.

Nationally, the country's jobless rate jumped 0.1 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms to 6 per cent.

Full-time employment fell 7100 nationally, but that was partially offset by a rise of 3400 in part-time workers.


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