The number of persons unemployed was 146,700 in December, down from 149,900 when compared to the previous month figure and a decrease of 26,900 when compared to December 2016.
The unemployment rate for males was recorded at 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in November and compared to 7.6 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.8 percent, down from 6 percent the previous month and from 7.2 percent in December 2016. The number of males unemployed decreased by 1,100 from the previous month to 84,200, while the number of females unemployed fell by 2,100 to 62,400.
The youth unemployment rate was 13.7 percent in December, a decrease from 14 percent in November.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 15.9 percent in December 2011.