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Australia’s unemployment rate jumped to a seasonally-adjusted 7.4 per cent in June, with 69,300 jobs lost during the month.

There was a decrease of 38,100 in people with full-time work while part-time employment rose by 249,000 , figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Thursday.

The uptick in the unemployment rate reflects the impact of strict social distancing measures imposed in late March, which led to business closures.

The economy had recorded an unemployment rate of 7.1 per cent in May.

Most economists had expected the unemployment rate to rise to 7.3 per cent despite about 100,000 jobs being added in the month.