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A job is a job, Morrison says of part-time

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 By Rashida Yosufzai

Full-time jobs may be hard to come by lately but that won't stop the federal treasurer from spruiking the benefits of part-time work.

"A job is a job, and more jobs is always a good thing," Scott Morrison told Sky News on Thursday.

"I know some tend to look down on those sorts of jobs - I certainly don't."

Almost no full-time jobs have been created in Australia for the past year.

The unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent in July, the lowest level in three years, as Australian jobseekers filled 71,600 new positions.

But not a single one of those positions was full-time - all were part-time, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Mr Morrison believes part-time work offers flexibility to some and that's why it can be a blessing in disguise.

It's great for both the economy and the family, he says.

Employment Minister Michealia Cash was also looking at the bright side, saying employers were still hiring.

"I am not going to demonise part time-employment. I'm going to support it and applaud it because it does represent a good choice for so many people," she told reporters in Perth.

The opposition on the other hand was concerned about the 45,400 drop in full-time employment.

Labor's employment spokesman Brendan O'Connor said almost one in ten Australians were looking for more work but couldn't find it.

"It is not good enough to find work of one hour or more if you are seeking to find sufficient employment to pay for the bills, to pay for the expenses, to keep the home running," he told reporters in Melbourne.

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