Compared to the previous month, there were 1.73 million unemployed persons, 40 thousand more than in February. Employment increased by 480 thousand to 66.94 million, after an increase of 510 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force rose by 530 thousand to 68.67 million while those detached from the labour force dropped by 550 thousand to 42.29 million.
Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate fell to 3.8 percent from 4.2 percent in February.
A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 2.8 percent.