The seasonally adjusted number of persons unemployed was 133,200 in September 2017, down from 133,400 when compared to the August 2017 figure and a decrease of 31,600 when compared to September 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for males was recorded at 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in August and from 8.6 percent a year earlier; while for females it was recorded at 5.1 percent, up from 5 percent in the previous month and down from 6.2 percent in September 2016. The number of males unemployed decreased by 1,400 from the previous month to 82,200, while the number of females unemployed went up by 1,300 to 51,100.
The youth unemployment rate declined to 14.8 percent from 15.3 percent in the previous month.
Unemployment has fallen sharply since the jobless rate hit a high of 15.2 percent in January 2012.