The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed fell to 139,100 in August 2017, down from 140,800 when compared to the July figure and a decrease of 33,900 when compared to August 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for males was recorded at 7.1 percent, unchanged from July and down from 9.0 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 percent in the previous month and below 6.5 percent in August 2016. The number of males unemployed was steady at 86,500, while the number of females unemployed decreased by 1,600 to 52,700.
The youth unemployment rate rose to 12.7 percent from 12.3 percent in the previous month.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 15.2 percent in January 2012.