Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed persons fell 0.6 percent to 1.66 million in May from 1.67 million in the previous month, while employment was almost unchanged at 41.56 million people.
Compared with May 2016, unemployment dropped 7.8 percent from 1.80 million people while employment rose 1.3 percent from 41.04 million people.
Youth unemployment rate came in at 6.7 percent, the same as in April and down from 7.1 percent a year earlier.
Separate data from the Labour Office showed the number of unemployed persons rose by 7 thousand to 2.547 million in June 2017. The adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.7 percent, the lowest level since German reunification in 1990.