The Premier Colin Barnett says the latest employment figures strengthen WA's position as the leader of the Australian economy.

The national unemployment rate rose to 5.4 per cent in December.

In Western Australia, it increased slightly from 4.1 per cent in November to four-point-three in December.

Mr Barnett says that is roughly in line with what it was at this time last year.

"Over the last 12 months there has been something like 59,000 jobs created in Western Australia, by far the strongest labour market in the nation," he said.

"West Australian small businesses, major companies, major projects, should feel proud that we are continuing to lead the nation, not only in economic growth but also in jobs."


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