The number of unemployed people in Australia has surged in the past year, reaching a record high of 17.1 million in April 2017.
The number of people officially unemployed in Australia was a record 19.4 million in March 2017, with the number of officially unemployed at a record 13.2 million.
There were 5.6 million unemployed in April 2016, the most recent monthly unemployment figures available.
The number was 9.9 million in February.
The Bureau of Statistics said the number peaked at 24.9 per cent of the workforce in July 2012, when the unemployment rate stood at 25.5 per cent.