Employment Minister Stuart Robert says it is a “tale of locked up states versus unlocked up states” amid a rise in unemployment from 4.5 per cent to 4.6 per cent.

“We’re looking down the barrel of New South Wales and Victoria, being 57 per cent of the jobs market, being locked up; so, these numbers reflect that,” Mr Robert told Sky News Australia.

“Queensland hasn’t been locked up, we’ve seen an over one per cent increase of employment, over 30,000 Queenslanders employed.

“November, December, you’ll see the economy coming screaming back.

“And you’ve seen that in every time we’ve come out of a lockdown, the country has roared back; it’s like a racehorse, it is just waiting to race, we just need to hit 80 per cent to get the borders unlocked.”

The participation rate is down by a point seven of a per cent, the equivalent of 140,000 people who have given up searching for job opportunities, to which Mr Robert said this is a result of lockdowns in “most popular states”.

“Let’s get these borders down, let’s get certainty and confidence from all the state premiers and then our country will quickly move into a very strong employment growth,” he said.

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