CANBERRA, AAP – LABOUR FORCE DATA FOR APRIL:

* Unemployment rate – 5.5 per cent versus 5.7 per cent in March

* Underemployment rate (employed people seeking additional work) – 7.8 per cent versus 8.0 per cent

* Employment fell 30,600

* Full-time positions rose 33,800

* Part-time employment fell 64,400

* Participation rate (people working or looking for work): 66.0 per cent versus 66.3 per cent

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES:

NSW – 5.5 per cent in March versus 5.5 per cent in March

Vic – 5.5 per cent versus 6.1 per cent

Qld – 6.1 per cent versus 6.0 per cent

SA – 5.7 per cent versus 6.4 per cent

WA – 4.9 per cent versus 5.0 per cent

Tas – 6.2 per cent versus 6.0 per cent

NT – 3.8 per cent versus 5.6 per cent

ACT – 3.4 per cent versus 3.5 per cent

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)