Registered unemployment fell 2.74 pct in September compared with August

Registered unemployment fell 2.74 pct in September compared with August, or 24,581 less unemployed people, the Workforce Employment Organisation (OAED) said on Wednesday.

In a monthly report, OAED said the number of registered unemployed people totaled 871,981 in September, down from 896,562 in August, of which 54.95 pct were registered unemployed for more than 12 months, while 63.01 pct were women and 36.99 pct men.

In September, unemployed people receiving unemployment benefits totaled 136,123, from 117,042 in August, an increase of 19,081 or 16.3 pct. The 30-44 age group recorded the highest rate of registered unemployment (more than 40 pct).