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Australia / Full-time employment fell by 22,600 in December but UR stayed at 5.8%

Australia’s unemployment picture worsened, exacerbating the central bank’s dilemma over whether to give the economy a boost by further cutting interest rates, or to back off to avoid fanning inflation and prevent a surging property market from overheating.

The number of people in full-time work fell by 22,600 in December, government data showed Thursday, capping the worst year for jobs growth in almost two decades.

And although the unemployment rate stayed at 5.8% in December, equal to November, that was only because the number of people seeking work fell to 64.6%, the lowest level in more than seven years.

The Australian dollar fell by nearly one U.S. cent to US$0.8800 after the employment report, its lowest point in almost 31/2 years. The drop extended the Aussie\’s fall against the U.S. dollar over the past 12 months to 17%–making it the worst-performing major currency in that period.

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'US Jobless Claims Up 13K' - www_nasdaq_com_article_us-jobless-claims-up-13k-20120412-00507

via Australian Employment Tumbles – NASDAQ.com.

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