The latest unemployment figures show a big increase in the jobless rate in Canberra in September.
The ACT's unemployment rate was 0.4 points higher in September, at 4.1 per cent in trend terms, compared with the figure revealed a month ago. It remains the lowest rate in the country.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics had reported last month a rate of 3.7 per cent for August, although it has now revised that up to 4 per cent.
Nationally, the jobless rate fell to 5.6 per cent, with the economy adding 9100 jobs, on the back of a fall in the participation rate.
Full-time positions rose by 5000 while part-time jobs lifted by 4100 in September.
The latest figures show a shift in the trend for unemployment in the territory. While previously data had indicated the jobless rate had been falling throughout the year to date, it now suggests it began rising again since June.
The bureau said there were 9100 people looking for work in the ACT in September (up from 8800 in August) and 210,000 with jobs (a decrease from 210,300).
Analysts have been expecting the national unemployment rate to rise up to about 6 per cent by the end of the year as the economy transits away from mining-led growth.
The strong lift in population growth has also meant that insufficient jobs were being created each month to keep up with the expansion of the labour force.
The participation rate was 64.9 per cent, down from 65 per cent in August.
At the same time, employment has risen in the construction industry, according to detailed labour force figures for August.
"This employment is likely to reflect continued strengthening in housing construction but also a modest rise in some non-residential building activity," ANZ senior economist Justin Fabo said in a research note this morning.
The expected rise in the jobless rate this year, as well as a subdued inflation number, are some of the indicators weighing on the Reserve Bank as it decides whether to continue its current easing cycle, which has seen the cash rate fall to a record low of 2.5 per cent.