Unemployment rises to 6.4 per cent

WA's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.4 per cent in August, from 6.1 per cent in July. However, employment also grew quite strongly over the month (0.7 per cent), and the increase in unemployment was driven by a rising participation rate.

All of the employment growth was part time - full time employment fell over the month, and has trended downwards since January.

The Australian seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also edged upwards, similarly driven by rising participation not weak employment (employment rose by 0.3 per cent during the month).

Australian employment growth looks generally more robust than growth in WA. Through the year to August national employment rose by 3.6 per cent.

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