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‘Significant challenges’ ahead in jobs

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More than 700,000 unemployed Australians remain the federal government’s focus, the jobs minister says, after new figures revealed a spike in the number of people in work.

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday shows the number of people with a job leapt by a better-than-expected 44,000 in August, while the unemployment rate was steady at 5.3 per cent.

Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer says the data is strong but the government is not resting on its laurels and knows “significant challenges lie ahead” in reducing unemployment.

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