The unemployment rate for the 2nd quarter of 2017 was 8.8%. This value is down 1.3 percentage points (p.p.) from the previous quarter and 2.0 p.p. from the same quarter of 2016. The unemployed population, estimated at 461.4 thousand people, corresponded to a quarterly decrease of 11.9% (62.5 thousand fewer people), extending the quarterly decreases observed since the 2nd quarter of 2016. Comparing to the year-on-year value, there was a decrease of 17.5% (97.9 thousand fewer people). The employed population, estimated at 4,760.4 thousand people, recorded a quarterly increase of 2.2%.