Compared to the previous month, there were 1.87 million unemployed persons, a thousand more than in September. Employment dropped by 6 thousand to 65.44 million, after declining by 15 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force fell by 6 thousand to 67.32 million while those detached from the labour force went up by 3 thousand to 43.68 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate decreased to 4.5 percent from 5.1 percent in September.
A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.0 percent.