Japan unemployment rate falls to 2.3pc in September

Published: October 30, 2018 10:12:22 | Updated: October 31, 2018 13:49:54


A man is seen at a a commercial building at closing hour at a financial district in Tokyo, Japan on November 22, 2017 — Reuters/File

Japan’s jobless rate fell in September, while the availability of jobs improved to the highest level since January 1974, government data showed on Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.3 per cent from 2.4 per cent in August, and compared with economists’ median forecast for the rate to remain unchanged, figures from the Internal Affairs ministry showed.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio rose to 1.64 from 1.63 in August, according to a Reuters report. The median forecast was for the ratio to remain unchanged.

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