In the first quarter of 2015, there were 712.9 thousand unemployed people. On a quarterly basis, unemployment affected mainly: women (+5.0 percent); people aged 45 and over (+3.6 percent); having completed the first or second stages of basic education (+2.7 percent); seeking a new job (+3.2 percent), who were formerly in the services sector (+5.2 percent); and long term unemployment (+2.2 percent). Youth unemployment rate rose to 34.4 percent from 34.0 percent in the previous three months.
Meanwhile, employment fell 0.3 percent to 4,477.1 thousand, from the previous quarter, affecting mostly: men (-0.4 percent); people aged from 35 to 44 (-0.7 percent); having completed the first and second stages of basic education (-0.4 percent); employed in the services sector (-0.6 percent); and working full-time (-0.4 percent).
The participation rate stood at 58.5 percent, the same as in Q4 of 2014, and down 0.5 percent from the same quarter of last year.
Year-on-year, unemployment rate decreased 1.4 percent, as the number of unemployed went down by 9.5 percent and employed people rose 1.1 percent.