The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 143,700 in January 2018, down from 146,700 when compared to the previous month figure and a decrease of 28,600 when compared to last year.
The unemployment rate for males was recorded at 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in December and compared to 7.5 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent the previous month and from 7.3 percent in January 2017. The number of males unemployed decreased by 1,000 from the previous month to 83,600, while the number of females unemployed fell by 2,000 to 60,100.
The youth unemployment rate edged down to 13.7 percent in January from 13.8 percent in the previous month. It was the lowest jobless rate since June 2008.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 16 percent in early 2012.