Compared to the previous month, there were 1.6 million unemployed persons, 230 thousand less than in December. Employment increased by 420 thousand to 65.95 million, after a decline of 20 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force rose by 160 thousand to 67.54 million while those detached from the labour force dropped by 180 to 43.41 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate fell significantly to 3.3 percent from 4.6 percent in December.
A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3 percent.