The employment rise of 71,500 was made up of a rise of 17,800 in full-time employment and a rise of 53,700 in part-time employment.
Forecasts centered on a rise 9,000 in employment, with the unemployment rate at 5.5 per cent, a poll showed.
- AUSTRALIA FEB EMPLOYMENT +71500 S/ADJ
- AUSTRALIA FEB UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.4 PCT, S/ADJ
- AUSTRALIA FEB FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT +17800 S/ADJ
- AUSTRALIA FEB PARTICIPATION RATE 65.3 PCT, S/ADJ