The number of unemployed persons rose by 695 thousand to 3.985 million and employment went up at a slower pace (397 thousand to 26.672 million). In addition, the labour force increased by 1.093 million to 30.658 million. There were 33 thousand more people detached from the labour force, reaching 28.835 million.
The non-agricultural sector added 317 thousand jobs and the farm sector added 81 thousand: employment rose in sevices (0.6 percent) but was barely unchanged in agriculture and fell in industry (-0.4 percent) and construction (-0.2 percent).
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate fell to 11.8 percent in January from 12 percent in December of 2016.