In December 2014, 4 763 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 83 000 persons compared to December 2013. The number of unemployed persons was 360 000, corresponding to an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 141.0 million per week, an increase of 1.8 percent. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a continuing increase in the number of employed persons and small decrease in the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate.