The unemployed population was estimated at 640.2 thousand people, corresponding to a quarterly rise of 6.3 thousand or 1 percent. Unemployment increase came mostly from: men (+1.5 percent); people aged 25 to 34 (+13.9 percent); having completed the tertiary education (+4.7 percent); looking for a new job (+4.3 percent), having been formerly in the manufacturing, electricity, gas and water supply, and construction sector (+6.7 percent) or in the services sector (+3.1 percent); and seeking a job for less than 12 months (+9.2 percent). This increase was lower than the one observed in the first quarter of 2015 (+2.1 percent).
Youth unemployment rate dropped to 31 percent from 32.8 percent in the previous three months.
The employed population was estimated at 4,513.3 thousand people, which corresponds to a quarterly fall of 48.2 thousand or 1.1 percent, affecting mostly: men (-2 percent); people aged 65 and over (-11.4 percent); having completed, at most, the first or second stages of basic education (-2.9 percent); employed in the agriculture sector (-8.7 percent); self-employed workers (-4.6 percent), employees (-0.6 percent), mainly those with a temporary job (-4.4 percent); both working part-time (-4.4 percent) and full-time (-0.6 percent). This decrease, which usually occurs in the first quarter of each year, was higher than the ones observed in the first quarters of 2014 and 2015, equal to the one of 2012 and lower than that of 2013.
The participation rate of the working age population fell to a 18-year low of 58.1 percent, from 58.6 percent in the previous quarter and 58.5 percent from the same quarter of 2015.
Year-on-year, the number of unemployed went down by 72.7 thousand people or 10.2 percent while the number of employed people rose by 36.2 thousand or 0.8 percent.