In March, there were 155,324 unemployed persons enrolled at the regional employment centers, about 6,093 less persons than in the previous month. Compared to the same month a year earlier, unemployment increased by 10,216 persons (+7.0 percent).
The number of jobseekers reached 218,187, less 4,701 persons than in the previous month and 13,921 more than a year earlier (+6.8 percent).
Youth unemployment (15 to 24 year old) decreased by 1,584 persons (-7.7 percent) to 18,907. Compared to March 2015, this represents an increase of 706 people (+3.9 percent).
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent after registering 3.4 percent in the previous month.