The February 2017 unemployment rate stood at 9.9%, down by 0.2 percentage points (p.p.) from the previous month’s level and by 0.6 p.p. from three months before. That value corresponds to a downwards revision of 0.1 p.p. from the provisional estimate released one month ago (10.0%). That estimate is also the lowest observed since February 2009 (9.7%).
The February unemployed population was estimated at 508.3 thousand people, having decreased by 1.9% from the previous month’s level (9.9 thousand fewer people), while the employed population was estimated at
4,630.2 thousand people, having increased by 0.5% (22.6 thousand more people) from the previous month’s level.
The provisional unemployment rate estimate for March 2017 was 9.8%. For this month, the provisional estimate for the unemployed population was 504.0 thousand people and for the employed population it was 4,646.1 thousand people.