In the second quarter of 2015, there were 620.4 thousand unemployed people. On a quarterly basis, unemployment decrease came mostly from: women (-17.6 percent); people aged 35 to 44 (-15.2 percent); having completed the first or second stages of basic education (-12.6 percent); seeking a new job (-13.5 percent), who were formerly in the services sector (-14.6 percent); and long term unemployment (-13.7 percent). Youth unemployment rate fell to 29.8 percent from 34.4 percent in the previous three months.
Meanwhile, employment increased to 4,580.8 thousand compared to the previous quarter, affecting mostly: women (+3.2 percent); people aged 45 to 64 (+2.8 percent); having completed the first and second stages of basic education (+2.4 percent); and the (upper) secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education (+3.9 percent); employed in the services sector (+1.9 percent); as employees (+2.3 percent); and working full-time (+2.9 percent). While employment rate for males was 56.3 percent, for females was 47.6 percent (1.8 p.p. lower).
The participation rate increased slightly to 58.6 percent, up 0.1 p.p. from the previous quarter, and down 0.4 p.p. from the same quarter of last year.
Year-on-year, unemployment rate decreased 2 p.p., as the number of unemployed went down by 14.9 percent and the number of employed people rose 1.5 percent.