Results of the labour force survey show that there were 1.54 million unemployed in December 2016. Compared with the previous month, the number decreased by 162,000 or 9.9%. Adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, the number of unemployed stood at 1.68 million. It was down by approximately 27,000 people from the previous month. The adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9% in December 2016.