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

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan was recorded at 3.3 percent in December of 2015, unchanged from the November rate and matching market expectations. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan was recorded at 3.3 percent in December of 2015, unchanged from the November rate and matching market expectations. The jobs-to-applicants ratio hit its highest level in 24 years. 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.

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. 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-11-26 11:30 PM Oct 3.1% 3.4% 3.4% 3.4%
2015-12-24 11:30 PM Nov 3.3% 3.1% 3.2% 3.1%
2016-01-28 11:30 PM Dec 3.3% 3.3% 3.3% 3.3%
2016-02-29 11:30 PM Jan 3.3% 3.2%
2016-03-28 11:30 PM Feb 3.2%
2016-04-30 11:30 PM Mar 3.2%

Japan Jobless Rate Steady at 3.3%


The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Japan was recorded at 3.3 percent in December of 2015, unchanged from the November rate and matching market expectations. The jobs-to-applicants ratio hit its highest level in 24 years.

A year earlier, the unemployment rate was higher at 3.4 percent.

The number of unemployed persons decreased by 60 thousand or 2.9 percent to 2.04 million from the previous year. While the number of employed persons increased by 280 thousand or 0.4 percent compared to December 2014 to 63.85 million.

The labour force participation rate increased by 0.2 p.p. to 59.5 percent from 59.3 percent in December last year.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.27 percent, up from 1.25 in November, hitting its highest level in 24 years.

Statistics Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
1/28/2016 11:58:01 PM

Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.30 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 64030.00 63580.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2220.00 2170.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7067.00 7002.00 7067.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 20622.00 20666.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 57.60 57.60 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.50 59.40 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 5.20 5.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 95.40 101.40 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 919.23 905.80 919.23 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 273.44 473.27 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 308.67 298.22 883.79 52.91 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 346.67 326.41 868.49 9.79 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.10 0.00 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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