The number of unemployed persons increased by 10 percent to 5.7 million from 5.2 million in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, not economically active population edged down by 0.04 percent to 15.05 million and discouraged work-seekers went down by 7.5 percent to 2.4 million.
Employment fell 2.2 percent quarter-on-quarter to 15.66 million people.The largest losses were reported in utilities (-9.9 percent), manufacturing (-5.8 percent), construction (-5.3 percent), trade(-3.6 percent) and private household (-3.3 percent). In contrast, job gains were observed in agriculture (+1.8 percent) and community and social services (+1.4 percent).
In the first quarter of 2016, the labor force participation rate increased to 58.7 percent from 58.5 percent in the previous period.
The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work went up to 36.3 percent from 33.8 percent.