The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 141,600 in February of 2018, down from 143,900 when compared to the prior month and a decline of 28,000 when compared to last year.
The unemployment rate was 6.5 percent for males, remaining unchanged from January and down from 7.1 percent a year earlier; while for females the jobless rate was recorded at 5.5 percent, down from 5.6 percent the previous month and from 7.1 percent in February of 2017. The number of males unemployed went down by 1,000 from the prior month to 82,600, while the number of females unemployed fell by 1,300 to 59,000.
The youth unemployment rate decreased to 13.2 percent in February, after a 13.5 percent in the previous month. It was the lowest jobless rate since June of 2008.