Jobless rate up, despite employment surge

Some 178,800 people joined the workforce in October, according to ABS labour force data.
Some 178,800 people joined the workforce in October, according to ABS labour force data.

LABOUR FORCE DATA FOR OCTOBER:

* Unemployment rate - seven per cent versus 6.9 per cent in September

* Underemployment rate (employed people seeking additional work) - 10.4 per cent versus 11.4 per cent

* Employment rose 178,800

* Full-time rose 97,000

* Part-time rose 81,800

* Participation rate (people working or looking for work): 65.8 per cent versus 64.9 per cent

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

NSW - 6.5 per cent in October vs 7.1 per cent in September

Vic - 7.4 per cent vs 6.7 per cent

Qld - 7.7 per cent vs 7.6 per cent

SA - 7.0 per cent vs 6.9 per cent

WA - 6.6 per cent vs 6.7 per cent

Tas - 8.2 per cent vs 7.7 per cent

NT - 5.7 per cent vs 4.7 per cent

ACT - 3.9 per cent vs 3.8 per cent

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)

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