Sunday, January 2, 2011

November - jobless rate stays at 5.1%

Japan's unemployment rate stayed at 5.1 percent in November, unchanged from the previous month, the government said Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted data matched an average forecast of 5.1 percent among economists surveyed by Kyodo News. The number of jobless people stood at 3.18 million, down 130,000 from a year earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said in a preliminary report.

A separate data showed job availability improved. The ratio of job offers to job seekers came to 0.57 in November, up from 0.56 in October, which means 57 jobs were available for every 100 job seekers, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

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