The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 117,300 in October, a decline of 800 from September’s 118,100. When compared to October 2018, there was an annual decrease of 18,400 from 136,700.
The unemployment rate for males was recorded at 5.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent in the prior month and compared to 5.6 percent in October 2018; while that for females was 4.4 percent, unchanged from September, and down from 5.7 percent in October 2018. The number of males unemployed decreased by 600 from the previous month to 68,600, and that for females fell by 200 to 48,700.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years, youth unemployment rate, went up to 12.3 percent in October from 12.2 percent in the previous month.