In May, there were 144,778 unemployed persons enrolled at the regional employment centers, about 4,762 less persons than in the previous month. Compared to the same month a year earlier, unemployment increased by 8,429 persons (+6.2 percent).
The number of jobseekers reached 206,239, less 4,687 persons than in the previous month and 13,441 more than a year earlier (+7.0 percent).
Youth unemployment (15 to 24 year old) decreased by 1,148 persons (-6.4 percent) to 16,723. Compared to May 2015, this represents an increase of 371 people (+2.3 percent).
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent, the same pace as in April.