Queensland jobless rate equal worst in the nation

Employment conditions at record high

Australia's jobless rate rose to a nine-month peak of 5.6 percent in April as more people entered the labour market, however, the number employed beat expectations with more full-time jobs added.

"The labour force participation rate was the highest it has been since the series began in 1978", Australian Bureau of Statistics chief economist Bruce Hockman said.

"Kentucky's unemployment rate remained at its lowest level in April despite a slight decline in payroll employment", said University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Chris Bollinger, Ph.D. Australia added 22.6K jobs in April, reversing March's fall of -0.7K.

The Australian dollar has been boosted by the data, trading at 75.27 United States cents at 1200 AEST, up from 75.18 USA cents just prior to the release.

According to the official figures, the largest increase in the unemployment rate was recorded in Mpumalanga Province, up by 3.5 percentage points, followed by the Northern Cape Province, up by 2.4 percentage points.

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"Australians need more secure jobs, but under the Turnbull government almost two million people are either underemployed or unemployed", ACTU secretary Sally McManus said. It has remained between 5.4 percent and 5.6 percent for nearly a year.

The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 pts to 5.6%.

Ms Hunter expected jobs growth to remain subdued for at least the rest of 2018, given weak retail figures in the March quarter and the coming downturn in residential construction.

"The government might try and gloat today that they have reached a certain benchmark in jobs growth and yet. we are not seeing the so-called green shoots of wages growth as promised by the treasurer", Labor employment spokesman Brendan O'Connor said.

Over the past year, the states and territories with the strongest annual growth in trend employment were New South Wales (3.8 per cent), Queensland (3.5 per cent) and the Australian Capital Territory (2.7 per cent).

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