The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 135,800 in April 2017, down from 140,600 when compared to the March 2017 figure and a decrease of 47,300 when compared to April 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for males was recorded at 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in March and from 9.7 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in the previous month and from 6.8 percent in April 2016. The number of males unemployed dropped by 2,000 from the previous month to 81,400, while the number of females unemployed decreased by 2,800 to 54,400.
Youth unemployment rate fell to 12.9 percent, the lowest reading since June 2008, from 13.7 percent in the previous month.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 15.2 percent in January 2012.