Australia unemployment rate rises slightly to reach 5.2 percent in June


AP

SYDNEY — Australia’s unemployment rate hit 5.2 percent in June, up a tenth of a percentage point from the month before.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said Thursday that the number of unemployed people increased by 7,200 people to 631,300.

The number of people with jobs dropped 27,000 to 11.5 million. The decrease was largely driven by a drop in full-time employment. Part-time jobs increased by 6,600.

Most economists had expected Thursday’s result, which follows several months of relatively strong employment figures. Australia’s unemployment rate remains much lower than most wealthy countries. The U.S. jobless rate is 8.2 percent.