Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed decreased by 10.9 thousand, or 1.3 percent, to 815 thousand while the number of employed persons rose by 6.2 thousand, or 0.2 percent, to 3.923 million.
A year before, the jobless rate was recorded at 19.4 percent. The number of unemployed persons declined by 108.1 thousand, or 11.7 percent while employment went up by 82 thousand, or 2.1 percent.
Unemployment decreased for all age groups but continued to hit more young people aged 15-24 years (33.8 percent vs 38.9 percent) and the 25-34 age group (23.6 percent vs 24.0 percent). Lower rates were mainly registered in the 35-44 age group (15.3 percent vs 17.8 percent); the 45-54 age group (14.2 percent vs 16.4 percent); the 55-64 age group (13.3 percent vs 15.4 percent) and the 65-74 age group (11.0 percent vs 11.4 percent).
By genders, the jobless rate was lower for men (14.0 percent from 15.6 percent in May 2018) than for women (21.2 percent vs 24.1 percent).
Across the country's regions, the lowest unemployment rates were observed in Crete (9.3 percent), Aegean Islands (13.2 percent) and Attica (17.0 percent). On the other hand, Epirus-Western Macedonia recorded the highest rate (20.2 percent).