As expected, Australia's jobless rate was unchanged at 5.8% in December.
However, the number of people in employment fell by 22,600 after a rise 15,400 in November and badly missed consensus for an increase of 7,500.
The number of full-time jobs plummeted by 31,600 following an increase of 10,500, while that for part-time positions grew 9,500 vs +5,500.
The Australian dollar is -1.45% at $0.8786, although mining stocks helped lift the S&P/ASX 200 by 1.2% despite the disappointing figures. (PR)