Compared to the preceding month, there were 1.72 million unemployed persons in July, 60 thousand more than in June. Employment increased by 40 thousand to 66.36 million, after a decrease of 410 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force went up by 80 thousand to 68.07 million while those detached from the labour force went down 170 thousand to 42.8 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate was unchanged at 3.8 percent.
A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 2.8 percent.