The number of people claiming unemployment benefits decreased 1.3 percent to 350,600 in March. The figure compares with 450,000 claimants in 2010 when the country entered its three-year bailout programme.
54 percent of all claimants were short-term claimants, down 11.1 percent over a year earlier while the number of long term claimants decreased 14.4 percent.
Craft and related remained the largest occupational group of those claiming jobless benefits (20 percent), but it fell 15.2 percent year-on-year to 69,759 persons. The second largest decrease was in the Associate professional and technical group (-13.1 percent).