The unemployment rate has increased despite the creation of more than 37,000 jobs last month.

The unemployment rate is up to 5.1 per cent due to an increase in the participation rate, which rose to 65.7 per cent.

The Bureau of Statistics also says the increase in employment was in part-time work, with 43,400 new positions added, and 6,400 full-time jobs were lost.

The total monthly hours worked eased slightly despite an increase in the number of people employed.

There was also significant movement in the underemployment rate, which rose from 8.3 to 8.5 per cent last month.

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