Still, employment remained more than half-a-million people lower than in March, while hours worked were down 5.5% in the same period.
Australian work rose even more in July, smoothly beating projections, though the boost was still inadequate to balance out the ballooning varieties of those searching for work as the unemployed rate ticked approximately a 22- year high.
The monthly increase in employment in July was underpinned by a larger increase in part-time employment (71,200 people) than full-time employment (43,500 people). Hours worked for females were around 4.9 per cent below March, compared to 5.9 per cent for males.
The participation rate increased 0.6 percentage points in July to 64.7%.
The number of unemployed people rose almost 16,000 in the month leaving more than 1 million people out of work for the first time in Australian history.
However, some economists suggested the real rate of unemployment was closer to 10 percent as the official figures did not include the number of people who were not working but relying on government wage subsidy programs such as JobKeeper.
Figures on Thursday put SA's jobless rate at 7.9 per cent in July, down from 8.8 per cent in June.
Underemployment also fell to 22 per cent in Western Australia, as well as New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (23 per cent) and Victoria (22 per cent), while in Queensland it remained unchanged from the previous quarter at 20 per cent.
Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday and the biggest daily rise in infections in three days, denting hopes that a second wave gripping the state of Victoria may be stabilizing. "The August labour force data will provide the first indication of the impact of stage four restrictions", he said.
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