Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed decreased by 1.7 percent to 0.98 million and the number of employed rose by 0.2 percent to 3.79 million.
A year earlier, the unemployment rate was recorded at 23.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons fell by 12.6 percent while employment grew by 2.8 percent.
The 15-24 age group recorded the highest unemploment rate (40.2 percent from 45.2 percent in August 2016), followed by the 25-34 age group (26.9 percent from 29.9 percent), the 35-44 age group (18.5 percent from 20.1 percent), the 45-54 age group (16.4 percent from 19.0 percent), the 55-64 age group (16.8 percent from 19.1 percent) and the 65-74 age group (11.3 percent from 13.9 percent).
The unemployment rate among women decreased 24.9 percent in August from 27.9 percent a year earlier, while among men it fell to 17.2 percent from 19.7 percent.
Among the country's regions, the highest unemployment rates were reported for Epirus-Western Macedonia (26.1 percent), followed by Macedonia-Thrace (21.6 percent) and Attica (21.2 percent); while Crete recorded the lowest rate (15.6 percent).