37,700 more jobs for Aussies, but job rate stays same

MORE Australians have scored jobs as the latest statistics show a slump in the number of unemployed people.

But the unemployment rate has remained the same.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released yesterday showed the unemployment rate remained the same, at 6.2%, in February and March.

The situation was slightly different with the seasonally adjusted figures that took into account employment trends over the year. They showed a slight decrease in the number of unemployed people, going from 6.2% in February to 6.1% in March.

They also showed 37,700 more people secured jobs between the two months.

There were 31,500 full time jobs added between February and March and part-time employment increased by 6100 jobs.

Figures also showed the number of hours worked in a month.

In Queensland, the figures showed 2 million fewer hours were worked in March than February, according to the seasonally adjusted figures.

In NSW, 43,400 more hours were worked in March than February.

The percentage of men and women looking for full-time work had decreased between February and March and this year's figures showed more men and fewer women looking for work than last year.

In March this year, 6% of men and 7.3% of women were looking for full-time work. In March last year, 5.6% of men and 7.4% of women were looking for full-time work.


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