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Tasmania's jobless rate blows out

Tasmania's unemployment rate has shot up.

Fresh ABS data has the state's seasonally adjusted jobless figure for September rising 1.3% to 7.6%.

That means Tasmania has gone from having one of the lowest unemployment rates to the second highest in the nation in the space of a month.

Only Queensland is worse at 7.7%.

Australia's overall jobless grew by 30,000 people in the month and federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg anticipates further deterioration.

"We would expect the unemployment rate to actually rise before the end of the year."

The nation's jobless rate is now at 6.9%.

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