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SA jobless rate tops nation

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Marnie Banger

South Australia's unemployment rate has jumped to become the highest in the nation once more but the state government says the news is not all bad.

The state's jobless rate rose 0.5 percentage points to 7.0 per cent in November, the latest monthly figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

The shift means SA's rate is the highest nationally, just above Western Australia's at 6.9 per cent and far above the national rate of 5.7 per cent.

Employment Minister Kyam Maher says the rise is disappointing but can largely be attributed to an increased participation rate.

He says more people in the state are employed than ever before, with 9500 more jobs than this time last year.

"Over the last 12 months, we've seen both the headline and the trend unemployment rates come down. We've seen them come much closer to the national average," he told reporters on Thursday.

But Mr Maher admitted there is "much more work to be done".

Opposition Leader Stephen Marshall said SA's staggering rise in unemployment was simply "bad news" for the state.

He said Premier Jay Weatherill's government needed to offer relief to families and households and encourage businesses to create more jobs in SA.

"He's got to do something about lowering the costs on business so we can actually get out there and create more jobs in the state," he told reporters.

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