Results of the labour force survey show that 1.76 million people were unemployed in January 2017. Compared with the previous month, the number increased by 215,000 or 14.3%. Adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, the number of unemployed stood at 1.66 million. It was down by approximately 21,000 people from the previous month. The adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8% in January 2017.