Japan Unemployment Rate  1953-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Japan rose to 3.1 percent in May of 2017, up from 2.8 percent in the previous 3 months. The figure was above market consensus of 2.8 percent and marked the highest jobless rate since December 2016. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.49, up from 1.48 in the previous period and beating expectations of 1.48 to mark the highest level since February 1974. Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.73 percent from 1953 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 5.50 percent in June of 2002 and a record low of 1 percent in November of 1968.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-04-27 11:30 PM Mar 2.8% 2.8% 2.9% 2.8%
2017-05-29 11:30 PM Apr 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-06-29 11:30 PM May 3.1% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-07-27 11:30 PM Jun 3.1% 3%
2017-08-28 11:30 PM Jul 3%
2017-09-28 11:30 PM Aug 3%




Japan Jobless Rate Climbs To 5-Month High Of 3.1% In May


The unemployment rate in Japan rose slightly to 3.1 percent in May of 2017, up from 2.8 percent in the previous 3 months. The figure was above the market consensus of 2.8 percent and marked the highest jobless rate since December 2016. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.49, up from 1.48 in the previous period and beating expectations of 1.48 to mark the highest level since February 1974.

Compared to the previous month, there were 2.05 million unemployed persons, 190 thousand more than in April. Employment increased by 30 thousand to 65.19 million, slowing from a 260 thousand increase in April. The labour force rose by 220 thousand to 67.57 million while those detached from the labour force went down by 190 thousand to 43.77 million.

Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate rose to 5.2 percent from 5 percent in April.

A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.2 percent.


Statsitics Japan | Charles | charles@tradingeconomics.com
6/30/2017 9:37:48 AM



Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.10 2.80 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 65190.00 65220.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2050.00 1860.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 6996.00 6932.00 7159.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21321.00 21349.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 58.90 58.50 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.80 60.30 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 5.00 4.40 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 93.80 112.20 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 939.39 937.80 971.38 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 351.59 394.66 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 303.31 307.61 883.79 52.91 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 327.48 335.47 868.49 9.79 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.70 0.50 35.02 -7.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 823.00 798.00 823.00 713.00 JPY/Hour [+]
Population 126.86 126.82 127.80 83.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]


Japan Unemployment Rate Notes

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 July of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.10 2.80 5.50 1.00 1953 - 2017 percent Monthly



unemployment rate by Country

Last
Spain 18.75 Mar/17
Brazil 13.30 May/17
Italy 11.30 May/17
Turkey 10.50 Apr/17
France 9.60 Mar/17
Euro Area 9.30 May/17
Canada 6.50 Jun/17
Australia 5.60 Jun/17
Indonesia 5.33 Mar/17
Russia 5.10 Jun/17
India 4.90 Dec/13
Netherlands 4.90 Jun/17
United Kingdom 4.50 May/17
United States 4.40 Jun/17
China 3.97 Mar/17
Germany 3.90 May/17
South Korea 3.80 Jun/17
Mexico 3.60 May/17
Japan 3.10 May/17
Switzerland 3.00 Jun/17