The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 140,700 in May 2017, down from 141,900 when compared to the April 2017 figure and a decrease of 42,800 when compared to May 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for males was recorded at 7.1 percent, down from 7.2 percent in April and from 9.6 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.5 percent, down from 5.6 percent in the previous month and from 6.9 percent in May 2016. The number of males unemployed dropped by 200 from the previous month to 85,900, while the number of females unemployed decreased by 1,000 to 54,800.
Youth unemployment rate fell to 11.7 percent from 12 percent in the previous month.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 15.2 percent in January 2012.