Considering the whole country, the number of jobless people fell by 182.6 thousand to 3.731 million, also the lowest since the last quarter of 2008. Unemployment went down in services (-96.8 thousand) and industry (-15.6 thousand) but rose in agriculture (+29.1 thousand) and in construction (+4.2 thousand).
The number of employed increased by 235.9 thousand to 19.049 million, the highest since the third quarter of 2009. Job gains were seen in ises in services (+236.4 thousand), industry (+34.1 thousand) and construction (+21 thousand). In contrast, employment fell in agriculture (-33.2 thousand). By region, the largest increases were seen in Valencia (+47.4 thousand), Catalonia (+46.1 thousand) and Madrid (+40.2 thousand). Employment increased in by 177.6 thousand in the private sector and by 58.3 thousand in the public.
The number of active people increased by 53.3 thousand to 22.780 million, bringing the labour force participation rate up to 58.82 percent from 58.83 percent.