In March 2016, 4 833 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 66 000 compared to March 2015, of whom 60 000 were women. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 406 000 persons and the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 149.4 per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a slightly declining increase in employment while the unemployment rate, which amounted to 7.1 percent, no longer decreases.