During the second quarter of 2015 the number of employed persons aged 15-74 amounted to 4 837 000, an increase of 58 000 compared to the same quarter in 2014. The employment rate amounted to 66.7 percent. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a declining rate of increase in the number of employed persons and only small changes in the employment rate. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 438 000 and the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a decrease in both the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate.