Unemployment rate dropped steadily in September to 7.35% from 7.39% in August according to the national institution in charge with labor force. In the similar period last year, the unemployment rate was 6.9%.

The total number of registered unemployed was 670,247 people in late August, 5,543 less than in the previous month. Of the total unemployed registered nationally, 325,374 receive unemployment aid while 344,873 do not.