SA unemployment rate up in April

Employment conditions at record high

Jobless rate ticks up to 5.6 per cent

The unemployment rate has come in higher than expected.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the country's monthly unemployment rate has hovered at the 5.5% level since May previous year.

"The improvement in the employment index was particularly welcome in the light of the ABS reporting a slowdown in jobs growth in recent months".

The rise in unemployment was driven up by more people looking for work, with the participation rate in the workforce rising to a record 65.6 per cent.

According to the bank's April figures, the employment index at + 13 was, on a trend basis, at its highest level since the polling began in March 1997. Full-time employment increased 32,700 to 8,543,400 and part-time employment decreased 10,000 to 3,957,700.

In a positive sign for the Government, its promise of 2013 to create one million jobs in five years was met last month.

The seasonally adjusted number of persons employed increased by nearly 23,000 persons in April 2018.

Across the States, the jobless rate was steady in NSW (at 5 per cent), Victoria (5.3 per cent), the Northern Territory (4.3 per cent) and the ACT (4 per cent) while it edged down in Tasmania (to 6 per cent).

South Australia experienced the largest increase in the participation rate of all states - up 0.4 percentage points to 62.8 per cent.

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