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JAPAN – Jobless Rate Down In August, Job Availability Remains Steady

Posted 7th October 2019 • Written by •

Japan’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.2% in August 2019, down 0.2% when compared to the same period last year, according to data from Statistics Japan.

According to Nikkei, this was the lowest level in 26 years on the back of a chronic labour shortage due to the country's rapidly graying population.

The number of unemployed persons in August 2019 stood at 1.57 million, a decrease of 130,000 or 7.6% from the previous year. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate in Japan stood at 2.3%, down 0.2% from last year.

Meanwhile, the employment rate in August stood at 60.9%, up 0.7% from the previous year. The number of employed persons in August 2019 was 67.51 million, an increase of 690,000 or 1.0% from the previous year.

The labour force participation rate was 62.3%, up 0.6% from the previous year.

The job availability ratio stood at 1.59, unchanged from July. The ratio means there were 159 openings for every 100 job seekers.


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