Compared to the previous month, there were 1.90 million unemployed persons, 8 thousand less than in January. Employment fell 21 thousand to 64.83 million. Labour force declined by 31 thousand to 66.71 million while those detached from the labour force went up by 31 thousand to 44.35 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent.
A year earlier, employment stood at 3.2 percent.