As expected, Australia's jobless rate edged up to 5.8% in November from 5.7% in October as more people entered the labor force.
However, the number of people in work rose by 21,000 - the largest increase in seven months - after a fall of 700 and topped consensus of 10,000.
The number of full-time jobs increased by 15,500 following a drop of 31,100, while that for part-time positions grew 5,500 vs +28,900.
The S&P/ASX 200 is -0.7%, while the AUD-USD is -0.3%. (PR)