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Jan. 20, 2021, 8:23 p.m. EST

Australia continues to add jobs amid recovery

By David Winning

SYDNEY--Australia added 50,000 mostly full-time jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to 6.6%, as the national economy continues to recover from the early impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The jobs gain was in line with consensus expectations, as was the 66.2% participation rate. A total of 35,700 full-time positions were created in December, along with 14,300 part-time roles, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

"Employment finished the year 0.7% below the March level, having fallen 6.7%, or 872,000 people, between March and May," said Bjorn Jarvis, the ABS's head of labor statistics. "Although employment has recovered 90% of the fall from March to May, the recovery in part-time employment has outpaced full-time employment."

Part-time employment is now higher than March when Australia shut down swaths of commerce to contain the spread of coronavirus, but full-time employment is down by 1.3%, Mr. Jarvis said.

Write to David Winning at david.winning@wsj.com

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