In February, there were 161,417 unemployed persons enrolled at the regional employment centers, about 2,227 less persons than in the previous month. Compared to the same month a year earlier, unemployment increased by 11,496 persons (+7.7 percent).
The number of jobseekers reached 222,888, more 137 persons than in the previous month and 16,519 more than a year earlier (+8.0 percent).
Youth unemployment (15 to 24 year old) decreased by 689 persons (-3.3 percent) to 20,491. Compared with February 2015, this represents an increase of 1,450 people (+7.6 percent).
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate stood at 3.4 percent, unchanged from the previous month.