There were 163,644 unemployed persons enrolled at the regional employment centers, about 5,015 more persons than in the previous month. Compared to the same month a year earlier, unemployment increased by 12,698 persons (+8.4 percent).
The number of jobseekers reached 222,751, more 2,542 persons than in the previous month and 16,613 more than a year earlier (+8.1 percent).
Youth unemployment (15 to 24 year old) increased by 558 persons (+2.7 percent) to 21,180. Compared with January 2015, this represents an increase of 1,669 people (+8.6 percent).
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate stood at 3.4 percent, unchanged from the previous month.