The Reserve Bank of Australia is likely to see the blip higher in unemployment as confirmation the supply of workers to the job market remains plentiful, ensuring wages growth remain near record lows.
Australia's jobs boom has extended to its 15th consecutive month growth, the longest unbroken period of growth recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
That increase of the past year equates to a 3.3 per cent rise in employment - nearly double the year-on-year average over the last 20 years of 1.9 per cent.
In seasonally adjusted terms, December brought Australians 35,000 new jobs, which exceeded the 15,000 increase economists forecast.
After seasonal adjustments, the ABS said the largest increase in employment was in New South Wales at 14,300, followed by Western Australia at 6,100.
Mr O'Connor said the discrepancy could be explained by the amount of people now in part-time work.
The state Office of Labor and Workforce Development also reported Thursday that during calendar year 2017 MA added an estimated 63,000 jobs, including 2,800 manufacturing jobs.
The unemployment rate rose to 5.5% after being at 5.4% for the last three months due to an increase in the participation rate.
Shadow Employment Minister Brendan O'Connor has blasted the federal government after unemployment rose to 5.5 percent in December.
Full-time employment has grown by 303,400 in the past 12 months (and by 15,100 in December).
With employment growing so rapidly over the year, the employment to population ratio - a measure of those Australians of working age now in employment - increased 62.0% in seasonally adjusted terms, up a full percentage point from one year ago.
The figures cap off a stellar year of employment growth for the country, with the ACT and Queensland recording the strongest results for 2017.
"The best form of welfare is a job", she said.
Callam Pickering, APAC Economist at Indeed, agrees with Dales' assessment.