Japan Unemployment Rate 1953-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in Japan remained unchanged at 3.30 percent in May of 2015. It is the lowest level in 18 years as the number of unemployed persons decreased by 7.4 percent compared to May of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.72 percent from 1953 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 5.60 percent in July of 2009 and a record low of 1 percent in November of 1968. Unemployment Rate in Japan is reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications.

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Japan Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.30 3.30 5.60 1.00 1953 - 2015 percent Monthly
In Japan, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. Content for - Japan Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-05-01 12:30 AM Mar 3.4% 3.5% 3.5% 3.5%
2015-05-29 12:30 AM Apr 3.3% 3.4% 3.4% 3.4%
2015-06-26 12:30 AM May 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.4%
2015-07-29 12:30 AM Jun 3.3% 3.4%
2015-08-29 12:30 AM Jul 3.4%
2015-09-30 12:30 AM Aug 3.3%


Japan Unemployment Rate Steady at 18-Year Low


The jobless rate in Japan was recorded at 3.3 percent in May of 2015, the same as in April and down from 3.5 percent a year earlier.

The number of employed persons in May 2015 was 64 million, unchanged from the previous year while the number of unemployed persons fell 7.4 percent to 2.24 million. 

The labour force shrank 0.2 percent and population aged 15 and over decreased 0.1 percent to 110.76 million.

Statistics Bureau of Japan | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/26/2015 10:49:31 AM


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Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.30 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 64000.00 63380.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2240.00 2190.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 860.23 842.54 871.60 266.29 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 5.00 5.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 92.60 109.10 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.80 59.40 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Wages 305.94 307.36 883.79 52.91 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 330.71 335.40 868.48 9.78 JPY THO/Month [+]
Population 127.02 127.30 127.80 83.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 61.00 61.00 61.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 61.00 61.00 61.00 60.00 [+]
Job Advertisements 321.18 406.35 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 3.60 3.60 3.60 [+]
Minimum Wages 780.00 764.00 780.00 713.00 JPY/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 0.60 0.90 35.02 -7.91 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.00 May/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.70 May/15 6.40 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 May/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 Apr/15 11.20 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Apr/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.40 Apr/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 May/15 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.45 May/15 4.31 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.90 May/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.60 May/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 May/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Mar/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 May/15 3.30 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.60 Mar/15 11.20 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Apr/15 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 May/15 5.40 10.80 2.50 percent [+]