LABOUR FORCE DATA FOR AUGUST:

* Unemployment rate – fell to 6.8 per cent from 7.5 per cent in July

* Underemployment rate (employed people seeking additional work) – unchanged at 11.2 per cent

* Employment – rose by 11,000 positions

* Full-time – rose by 36,200 positions

* Part-time – rose by 74,800 positions

* Participation rate (people working or looking for work) – rose to 64.8 from 64.7 in July.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

NSW – 6.7 per cent in vs 7.2 per cent in July

Vic – 7.1 per cent vs 6.8 per cent

Qld – 7.5 per cent vs 8.8 per cent

SA – unchanged at 7.9 per cent

WA – 7.0 per cent vs 8.3 per cent

Tas – 6.3 per cent vs 6.0 per cent

NT – 4.2 per cent vs 7.5 per cent

ACT – 4.6 per cent vs 4.2 per cent

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)