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Queensland jobless figures improve

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 By Evan Schwarten

Queensland's unemployment rate fell in July to be the third lowest in the country but remains above the national average.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.4 per cent to 6.1 per cent while the trend unemployment rate, which smoothes out some fluctuations, was revised down from 6.5 per cent to 6.3 per cent.

About 12,300 Queenslanders found jobs in the month, the strongest growth recorded by any state, though the growth came entirely in part-time work, with full-time employment remaining virtually flat.

The state's unemployment rate remains above the national average, which fell to 5.7 per cent, seasonally adjusted.

It also remained behind NSW and Victoria, which recorded rates of 5.2 per cent and 5.9 per cent respectively.

The state government seized on the results, saying they showed the employment market had improved since Labor was elected at the start of 2015.

"The latest figures show a net 40,000 jobs created in just 18 months since (the) January 2015 election, while the LNP oversaw the creation of just 26,900 new jobs in three years," Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

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