Compared with the June-August period, the number of unemployed persons rose by 0.9 percent or by 108 thousand to 12.13 million while employment edged up at a slower 0.1 percent or by 73 thousand to 90.21 million. Employment fell the most in agriculture (-3.9 percent to 8.9 million), followed by construction (-2.2 percent to 7.07 million); domestic services (-0.9 percent to 6.1 million) and public administration, defense and social security (-0.6 percent to 15.77 million). In contrast, other services (+5.7 percent to 4.39 million), accomodation and food (+4.6 percent to 4.79 million) and internal trade (+1.3 percent to 17.46 million) recorded the biggest payroll gains.
People attached to the labour force, that is, either employed or unemployed but actively seeking for job rose by 0.2 percent or by 181 thousand to 102.34 million. Tthose detached from the labour force increased by 0.3 percent or by 206 thousand to 64.48 million. The labour force participation rate went down to 61.3 percent from 61.4 percent.
A year earlier, unemployment was lower at 9 percent.