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Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points but the rounded estimate remained at 5.8 per cent in Decembe, official figures show.

The South Australian rate decreased from 6.8 per cent to 6.7 per cent, while the State’s trend unemployment figure remained steady at 6.7 per cent.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the number of people employed in Australia decreased by 22,600 to 11,629,500 in December.

The decrease in employment was due to decreased full-time employment, down 31,600 people to 8,067,700, offset by increased part-time employment, up 9,000 to 3,561,800.

The decrease in total employment was driven by decreases in male and female full-time employment and male part-time employment.

The number of people unemployed increased by 8,000 people to 722,000 in December, the ABS reported.

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