A year earlier, the unemployment rate came in at 3.4 percent.
In March 2016, the number of unemployed persons were 2.16 million, a decrease of 120 thousand (-5.3 percent) from a year earlier. The number of employed persons were 63.39 million, an increase of 200 thousand (+0.3 percent) from the previous year.
The labour force rate grew 0.1 percent from a year earlier to 65.55 million and population aged 15 and over was flat at 110.75 million.
The labour force participation rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 59.2 percent from 59.1 percent in March 2015.