The jobless number in February was 213,000, 46,000 more than in the same month a year earlier, rising 1 percentage point to 4.5%, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said. Month on month, the jobless number decreased by 25,000, or 0.5 of a percentage point.
The rolling three-month average from December to February was 4.5%, 1.1 percentage points higher than the previous year. Meanwhile, in February, the average monthly number of employees aged 15-74 was 4,550,000, 104,000 less than a year earlier but 14,000 more than in the previous month. From December to February, the average number of employees was 4,574,000, 50,000, or 1.1%, less than in the same period of the previous year.