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The unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent in September from 6.3 per cent a month earlier, with a further fall of 1.2 per cent recorded in August.

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the unemployment rate has fallen to 5 per cent for the month of September from 5.7 per cent.

The unemployment number fell from 8.1 per cent to 8.0 per cent, with the latest jobs report showing a rise of 8.4 per cent from the previous month.

In September the unemployment rose to 8 per cent while the employment rate increased to 6.4% from 6 per cent the previous week.

This is the first time the unemployment figure has been below the previous record of 9.2 million.

The number of people out of work rose to 3.3 million, or 10.1 million fewer than in August, while the number of workers in the labour force fell to 14.1million, or 17.5 million fewer people than a year ago.

This was the first monthly decline since November last year.

The overall unemployment rate for September was 6.7%, down from 6%.

The unemployment for men fell to 6 per 1,000 people, down from 7.9 per 1 and for women to 7.3, down 1.3 percentage points from August.

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