Queensland has been the hardest hit state with unemployment up 1 per cent in the past 12 months as 23,000 people lost their jobs.

The end of the mining construction boom has driven Queensland's jobless rate to 6.3 per cent - the highest of the mainland states. The unemployment rate in Victoria stayed steady at 5.6 per cent and 4 per cent in Western Australia, while South Australia dropped slightly to 5.6 per cent.
In NSW, the jobless rate increased from 4.9 per cent to 5.2 per cent with 15,000 extra people signing-on.