The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 127,300 in January of 2019, down from 127,900 when compared to December of 2018 figure and a decrease of 13,400 when compared to January of 2018.
The unemployment rate for males was recorded at 5.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent in December and compared to 6.1 percent a year earlier; while for females it remained unchanged at 5.4 percent, the same as in the previous month and compared with 5.8 percent in January of 2017. The number of males unemployed declined by 1,000 from the previous month to 57,600 and the number of females increased by 300 to 59,700.
The youth unemployment rate rose to 12.4 percent in January from 12.2 percent in the prior month. It was the highest jobless rate since October of 2018.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 16 percent in early 2012.