Australian shares have fallen, with every sector but one in retreat, after new data showed the country’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.1 per cent in May.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed on Thursday down 55.3 points, or 0.93 per cent, while the All Ordinaries index finished down 57.2 points, or 0.94 per cent, at 6,051.9.

The Aussie dollar also dropped on the jobs figures, falling to 68.71 US cents, from 69.19 US cents at the close of trade on Wednesday.