In August, there were 142,858 unemployed persons enrolled at the regional employment centers, about 3,548 more persons (+2.5 percent) than in the previous month. Compared to the same month a year earlier, unemployment increased by 5,875 persons (+4.3 percent).
The number of jobseekers reached 201,989, a decrease of 2,642 persons compared with July while it increased by 9.320 compared with the same period last year (+4.8 percent).
Youth unemployment (15 to 24 year old) increased by 3,533 persons (+20.7 percent) to 20,640. Compared with August 2015, this represents an increase of 81 people (+0.4 percent).
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the unemployment rate stood at 3.4 percent, up from 3.3 percent in the preceding two months.