Tasmania set an all-time jobs record in August, but the figures were not all good.
The state added 100 jobs in August to take its total to 250,300, Australian Bureau of Statistics trend terms figures showed.
It was only the third ever month when the state had topped a quarter of a million jobs, with all of those in the last three months .
The state had gained 2600 jobs since October last year.
However, full-time jobs dropped back by 200 to 156,800 in August, meaning the monthly growth would have come from part-time jobs replacing full-time jobs.
Tasmanians employed full-time had decreased by 500 since a nine-year high of 157,300 in May and June.
The ABS estimated males and females employed full-time both decreased by 200 in August, to 101,200 and 55,500 respectively.
Analysis by former state Labor minister Julian Amos showed Tasmania had gained 12,100 part-time jobs but just 1900 full-time jobs since May 2016.
Taking the count back to March 2014, when the state Liberal government was first elected, the state had gained 9600 part-time jobs and 5700 full-time jobs, on Dr Amos’ figures.
The ABS estimated the number of Tasmanians counted as technically unemployed remained at 16,100, which was the equal most since September 2016.
The participation rate was unchanged at 61.3 per cent.
The unemployment rate stayed at 6 per cent.
The male unemployment rate fell from 6.1 per cent in August to 5.9 per cent.
The female unemployment rate edged up from 6 per cent to 6.1 per cent.
The decline in full-time jobs came despite strong economic indicators, including:
- Strong export growth;
- a long run of stronger visitor numbers;
- relatively strong economic growth as measured by state final demand;
- an increasing rate of population growth;
- record retail turnover;
- strengthening dwelling approvals; and
- strong sales of new vehicles.
The nation added 44,000 employed people in August, with the unemployment rate steady at 5.3 per cent.
The ABS said “well over” 300,000 people entered employment in August and more than 300,000 left employment.
It said full-time national employment had grown by 202,100 since August 2017, while the nation also added 104,300 part-time jobs.
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