Workplace Minister Bill Shorten welcomed the figures, saying employment was at a record high.
Workplace Minister Bill Shorten welcomed the figures, saying employment was at a record high. Rob Williams

Unemployment rate shows 'trend growth' in labour force

UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen slightly, down 0.1% to 5.5% in the past month, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Thursday.

The data showed the number of people employed rose by 50,100 to 11,663,200, with the participation rate rising 0.2 percentage points to 65.3% in April.

Workplace Minister Bill Shorten welcomed the figures, saying employment was at a record high.

It came as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott unveiled his new workplace relations policy, saying he would seek a mandate before making any changes to the Fair Work Act.

The data release also renewed the political stoush between Queensland's government and opposition.

State Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the figures showed "trend growth" in the state's labour force grew for a seventh consecutive growth, despite the standard measurement of employment growth being the seasonally-adjusted figure.

He said the state now had a lower unemployment rate than Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria.

Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the data showed 24,700 full-time jobs had been lost since the Newman Government came to power.

He said the official figures showed more Queenslanders were looking for full-time work since the change of government.



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