An estimated 6300 Tasmanian gained jobs between May and June as the state fought back from the depths of coronavirus restrictions.
Even so, the state remained 15,500 employed people down from its peak of 260,700 in February, before the pandemic crunched the economy.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated state employment rebounded to 245,200 between May and June in seasonally adjusted terms, after shedding a net 9700 in the previous month.
Male employment increased by 3600, but remained down by 5000 compared to March.
Female employment increased by 2800 between May and June, still 9800 down from its peak in February.
Just 1100 of the 6300 jobs gained during the month were full-time, leaving the state with 9200 fewer full-time jobs than in November.
The number of technically unemployed Tasmanians shot up by 2100 to 18,200 as more people started to look for work.
That was also reflected in the unemployment rate, which went from 6.3 per cent to 6.9 per cent.
State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson said: "While the challenges presented by coronavirus are impacting economies across the world and Tasmania is not immune, we can take quiet hope from the modest employment rise of 2.7 per cent in June, which was the highest monthly growth rate in Australia."
"The Tasmanian government will continue to balance the ongoing risk of COVID-19 with our strong economic recovery plan, which takes a glide-path approach to rebooting our economy safely and responsibly.
"This plan is supported by our record $3.1 billion construction blitz across two years, to stimulate the economy, drive business confidence and create 15,000 jobs.
"While COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our local, national and global economies, we will continue to invest to support local jobs and local business to rebuild a stronger Tasmania."
Tasmanian Labor senator Carol Brown said: "A heartbreaking 18,200 Tasmanians who want to work are now without jobs, up almost 5000 since March."
"A further 32,600 Tasmanians can't get the hours of work they need."