The number of unemployed persons rose by 433 thousand to 6.2 million, the highest since at least 2001. Employment went up by 144 thousand to 16.2 million. Job gains occurred in the formal non-agricultural sector (181 thousand) and in private households (21 thousand) but losses were recorded in the informal sector (-14 thousand) and in agriculture (-44 thousand).
The labour force increased by 577 thousand to 22.42 million and those detached from it fell by 421 thousand to 14.63 million.
The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 36.4 percent from 35.6 percent.
A year earlier, the jobless rate was lower at 26.7 percent.