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Tas tops national unemployment list

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

Tasmania has recorded the nation's highest unemployment rate for August, leaping by almost one per cent on the previous month, ABS data shows.

While Australia's overall unemployment rate of 5.6 per cent in August was the country's lowest since 2013, Tasmania recorded a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.2 per cent, up 0.9 per cent on July.

"By any measure this state is now clearly in a jobs crisis," Unions Tasmania secretary Steve Walsh said of the figures released on Thursday.

Despite the shift, the state Liberal government said Tasmania's unemployment rate remains "relatively stable".

"While it's clear that there is significant volatility in the figures, since the (2014 state) election 1600 jobs have been created," Treasurer Peter Gutwein said.

"The number of Tasmanians unemployed has reduced by nearly 2000 people and the unemployment rate has dropped by 0.8 per cent under (Premier Will) Hodgman's government."

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