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Tasmania's leading economy

There's a mixed reaction to Tasmania's latest top ranking in an influential economic report.

Commsec's state of the state analysis puts Tasmania top of the heap in terms of indicators like retail spending, relative population growth, equipment investment, housing finance and dwelling starts.

Premier Peter Gutwein says 12,400 Tasmanians have returned to work since May and he's expecting more at work as a $3.1 billion infrastructure blitz rolls out.

But Labor's David O'Byrne isn't convinced, saying the Premier must stop the spin about a report which only measures a state against its own decade average.

The Shadow Treasurer is urging the government to respond to an unemployment rate that's risen a full percentage point to 7.4% in a month.