Compared to the preceding month, there were 1.72 million unemployed persons in April, 10 thousand less than in March. Employment decreased by 10 thousand to 66.93 million, after an increase of 480 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force dropped by 50 thousand to 68.62 million while those detached from the labour force went up 60 thousand to 42.35 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate held steady at 3.8 in April.
A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 2.8 percent.