The unemployed population declined by 80.9 thousand or 12.6 percent to 559.3 thousand people. Unemployment decrease came mostly from: both men and women in a similar pattern, more precisely men (-12.6 percent) and women (-12.7 percent); people aged 35 to 44 (-18.8 percent) and aged 25 to 34 (-15.8 percent); having completed, at most, the first or second stages of basic education (-11.5 percent); looking for a new job (-12.7 percent), having been formerly in the services sector (-10.5 percent); and seeking a job for less than 12 months (-23.1 percent). This decrease, that in the last years has occurred in the 2nd quarter, was rather sharp as the one observed in the 2nd quarter of 2015 (-13 percent).
Youth unemployment rate dropped to 26.9 percent from 31 percent in the previous three months and 29.8 percent a year earlier.
The employed population rose by 89.2 thousand or 2 percent to 4,602.5 thousand people. Employment increased for: services (+1.4 percent); industry (+1 percent) and agriculture (+11.2 percent). This increase is usual in the 2nd quarters of each year, even if with different amplitudes. The increase now observed is lower than the one that occurred in 2015, equal to the 2014 one and higher than those of 2013, 2012 and 2011.
The employment rate stood at 51.9 percent compared to 50.9 percent in the previous quarter and 51.7 percent from the same quarter of 2015.
The participation rate of the working age population stood at 58.3 percent compared to 58.1 percent in the previous quarter and 58.6 percent from the same quarter of 2015.
Year-on-year, the number of unemployed went down by 61.1 thousand people or 9.8 percent while the number of employed people rose by 21.7 thousand or 0.5 percent.