The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 133,800, down from 138,900 when compared to the July figure and a decrease of 20,800 when compared to August last year.
The unemployment rate for males was recorded at 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in July and compared to 6.9 percent a year earlier; while for females it decreased to 5.3 percent from 5.7 percent in the previous month and 6.2 percent in August 2017. The number of males unemployed decreased by 1,600 from the previous month to 74,700 and the number of females declined by 3,700 to 59,000.
The youth unemployment rate fell to 13.9 percent in August from 14.4 percent in the prior month. It was the lowest jobless rate since February.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 16 percent in early 2012.