In October 2015, 4 853 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 81 000 compared to October 2014. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 40 000 and amounted to 349 000. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points and amounted to 6.7 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 161.3 million per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in employment and a decrease in unemployment, which amounted to 7.2 percent.