The number of unemployed persons went up by 420 thousand to 3.523 thousand and employment increased by 408 thousand to 27564 thousand. The non-agricultural sector increased 576 thousand jobs while the farm sector lost 168 thousand: employment decreased in agriculture (by 1 percentage point) and in industry (by 0.3 percentage point) while rose in services (by 0.5 percentage point), and construction increased by 0.2 percentage point.
According to the distribution of employment by sector; 20.5 percent was employed in agriculture, 19.1 percent was in industry, 7.7 percent was in construction and 52.7 percent was in services.
In addition, the number of people in the labour force rose by 828 thousand to 31087 thousand and those detached from the labour force increased by 31 thousand to 27826 thousand (employed). The participation rate rose 0.7 percentage points from a year earlier to 52.8 percent.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, unemployment went up by 5 thousand persons and reached 3 million 474 thousand while employment increased by 265 thousand and reached 27 million 338 thousand persons in September compared with the previous month