The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 141,400 in March 2017, down from 144,700 when compared to the February 2017 figure and a decrease of 39,800 when compared to March 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for males was recorded at 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent in February and from 9.8 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in the previous month and from 6.6 percent in March 2016. The number of males unemployed dropped by 2,200 from the previous month to 83,500, while the number of females unemployed decreased by 1,100 to 57,900.
Youth unemployment rate fell to 13.9 percent, the lowest reading since July 2008, from 14.5 percent in the previous month.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 15.2 percent in January 2012.