The jobless rate rose to six per cent in June, returning to a level last posted in February.
As if Australians aren’t gloomy enough without finding out that the jobless rate is on the rise again.
New figures show the unemployment rate jumping to six per cent in June after an upwardly revised 5.9 per cent in May from an originally reported 5.8 per cent.
It was last at six per cent in February.
The rise came as more people sought work in the month and despite the number of people being employed in June increasing by 15,900.
A 19,700 increase in part-workers was partly offset by a 3800 decline in full-time works.
Data this week showed that while businesses have taken a downturn in consumer confidence over the federal budget in their stride, they are not rushing out to hire people.
South Australia posted the largest increase in its unemployment rate, rising to 7.4 per cent from 6.9 per cent.
The rate also rose to 6.5 per cent from 6.2 per cent in Victoria and to 6.3 per cent from 6.2 per cent in Queensland.
However, in Tasmania if declined to 7.2 per cent from 7.5 per cent.
In NSW the jobless rate was unchanged at 5.7 per cent and it was also stable in Western Australia at five per cent.
In the territories, the rate held steady at 3.6 per cent in ACT but rose to 3.9 per cent from 3.8 per cent in the Northern Territory.