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

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at 2.8 percent in September of 2017, the same as in the prior three months. The figure was in line with market consensus and remained at its lowest in 23 years. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was at 1.52, unchanged from the previous period while market expected 1.53. It stayed at its 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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Japan Jobless Rate Steady at 2.8% for 4th Month


The unemployment rate in Japan came in at 2.8 percent in September of 2017, the same as in the prior three months. The figure was in line with market consensus and remained at its lowest in 23 years. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was at 1.52, unchanged from the previous period while market expected 1.53. It stayed at its highest level since February 1974.

Compared to the previous month, there were 1.88 million unemployed persons, 2 thousand more than in August. Employment declined by 15 thousand to 65.50 million, after rising by 20 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force fell by 13 thousand to 67.38 million while those detached from the labour force went up by 14 thousand to 43.65 million.

Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate increased to 5.1 percent from 4.8 percent in August.

A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.0 percent.

Statistics Japan l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
10/31/2017 2:22:13 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-08-28 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-09-28 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-10-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-11-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-12-25 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8%


Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.80 2.80 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 65500.00 65650.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1880.00 1860.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7065.00 7047.00 7159.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21297.00 21257.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.40 59.20 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.10 60.90 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 5.10 4.80 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 103.90 101.00 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 968.18 976.57 976.57 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 390.75 284.16 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 299264.00 300968.00 883791.00 52914.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 334.89 334.08 868.49 9.79 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.90 0.70 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

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 November of 2017.

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




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Spain 16.38 Sep/17
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