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Unemployment rate holds steady for June

Australia's unemployment rate for June in trend terms has held steady at 5.9 per cent, according to figures released on Thursday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, unemployment rose slightly from 5.9 per cent in May to 6.0 per cent in June.

Victoria recorded the largest decrease in seasonally adjusted employment, down 15,300 people. The largest increases in seasonally adjusted employment were in NSW (up 10,000), South Australia (up 5800) and Western Australia (up 5200).

In NSW trend unemployment rose from 5.5 per cent to 5.6 per cent.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment held steady at 5.7 per cent. Victoria's trend unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 per cent. On a seasonally adjusted basis, it rose from 6.2 per cent to 6.5 per cent.

Tasmania had the nation's highest unemployment rate with 7.4 per cent. The Northern Territory and the ACT had the lowest, with 3.9 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively.

There were 728,5000 unemployed Australians in June compared to 727,400 the month prior, according to the figures. Numbers of employed rose from 11,582,400 in June compared to 11,571,800 in May.

The participation rate held steady at 64.7 per cent.