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Unemployment down to 6.3% in June 2017

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2017 was 6.3%, down from 6.4% in May 2017 and down from 8.3% in June 2016. The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 139,400 in June 2017, down from 140,300 when compared to the May 2017 figure and a decrease of 42,100 when compared to June 2016.

In June 2017 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1% for males, unchanged from May 2017 and down from 9.4% in June 2016.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for females in June 2017 was 5.4%, down from 5.5% in May 2017 and down from 6.9% in June 2016.

The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in June 2017 was 85,600. This is a decrease of 200 when compared to the May 2017 figure of 85,800. In June 2017 the seasonally adjusted number of females unemployed was 53,800, a decrease of 700 when compared to May 2017.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for persons aged 15-24 years (youth unemployment rate) was 11.9% in June 2017, an increase from 11.8% in May 2017.

Unemployed Numbers Unemployment rate (%)
June 2016 181,500 8.3
May 2017 140,300 6.4
June 2017 139,400 6.3
Percentage Points
Change in month -900 -0.1
Change in year -42,100 -2