Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed declined by 0.5 percent to 0.99 million and the number of employed decreased to 3.80 million, an insignificant change.
A year earlier, the unemployment rate was recorded at 23.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons fell by 11.1 percent while employment increased by 3.0 percent.
The 15-24 age group recorded the highest unemployment rate (40.8 percent from 44.4 percent in October of 2016), followed by the 25-34 age group (25.7 percent from 29.7 percent), the 35-44 age group (18.9 percent from 19.7 percent), the 55-64 age group (16.7 percent from 19.5 percent), the 45-54 age group (16.4 percent from 18.8 percent), and the 65-74 age group (12.5 percent from 17.6 percent).
The unemployment rate among women declined to 25.4 percent in October from 27.9 percent a year earlier, while among men it decreased to 17.0 percent from 19.5 percent.
Among the country's regions, the highest unemployment rates were reported for Epirus-Western Macedonia (25.8 percent), followed by Peloponnese, Western Greece and Ionian Islands (21.9 percent), Macedonia-Thrace (21.4 percent) and Attica (21.2 percent); while Crete recorded the lowest rate (14.8 percent).