Compared to the preceding month, there were 1.51 million unemployed persons in May, 210 thousand less than in April. Employment fell by 20 thousand to 66.73 million, after a decrease of 10 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force decreased by 41 thousand to 68.21 million while those detached from the labour force went up 35 thousand to 42.70 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate dropped markedly to 3.4 percent from 3.8 percent in April.
A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.1 percent.