Japan Unemployment Rate  1953-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan stood at 3.0 percent in July of 2016, down from 3.1 percent in June. It was the lowest jobless rate since May 1995, while market expected 3.1 percent. The jobs-to-applicants ratio came in at 1.37 in July, unchanged from the previous month and slightly below consensus. Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.73 percent from 1953 until 2016, 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.00 3.10 5.60 1.00 1953 - 2016 percent Monthly
In Japan, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-06-30 11:30 PM May 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2%
2016-07-28 11:30 PM Jun 3.1% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2%
2016-08-29 11:30 PM Jul 3.0% 3.1% 3.1% 3.1%
2016-09-29 11:30 PM Aug 3.0% 3% 3%
2016-10-27 11:30 PM Sep 3%
2016-11-28 11:30 PM Oct 3%

Japan Jobless Rate Falls to More than 21 Year-Low


The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan dropped to 3.0 percent in July of 2016 from 3.1 percent in June. It was the lowest jobless rate since May 1995, while market expected 3.1 percent. The jobs-to-applicants ratio came in at 1.37 in July, unchanged from the previous month and slightly below consensus.

A year earlier, the unemployment rate stood at 3.3 percent.

In July 2016, the number of unemployed persons were 2.03 million, a decrease of 190 thousand (-8.6 percent from a year earlier). The number of employed persons were 64.79 million, an increase of 980 thousand (+1.5 percent from the previous year).

The labour force  rate grew 1.2 percent from a year earlier to 66.82 million and population aged 15 and over was flat at 110.81 million.

The labour force participation rate increased by 0.7 percentage points to 60.3 percent from 59.6 percent in July 2015.

Statistics Japan l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
8/30/2016 1:12:09 AM

Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.00 3.10 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 64790.00 64970.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2030.00 2100.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7025.00 7009.00 7133.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 20943.00 20942.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 58.50 58.60 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.30 60.50 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 4.80 5.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 97.10 97.60 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 917.39 905.10 926.52 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 390.96 387.09 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 427.38 528.82 883.79 52.91 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 596.98 548.56 868.49 9.79 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wage Growth 1.40 1.40 35.02 -7.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 780.00 764.00 780.00 713.00 JPY/Hour [+]
Population 126.82 127.02 127.80 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 [+]




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