The number of unemployed people fell to a seasonally adjusted 657 thousand in June from 673 thousand in May. A year earlier, there were 675 thousand unemployed people.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits also fell by 5 thousand to 431 thousand in June.
Employment rose by 3000 persons to 7.2 million in June. The labor force decreased by 13 thousand persons to 7.86 million.