11 Sep 2009

Unemployment rate 5.8% in Australia

5:59 am on 11 September 2009

Australia's unemployment rate remained at 5.8% in August - the third consecutive month it has done so.

More than 30,800 full time jobs were lost during the month, balanced out by a modest rise in part-time jobs, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Employment minister Julia Gillard says the labour market remains "soft" and that it's too early to begin winding back the federal government's economic stimulus package.