The unemployment rate in Japan edged down to 2.8 percent in June 2020 compared to 2.9 percent in the prior month and market expectations of 3.1 percent. It was still the second-highest jobless rate since May 2017 and is higher than the 2.3 percent in the same month of the previous month. The number of unemployed declined by 1.5 percent to 1.94 million while employment edged up 0.1 percent to 66.37 million. The jobs-to-applicants ratio slumped to 1.11 in June from 1.20 in May, marking the lowest reading since October 2014.

Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.72 percent from 1953 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 5.50 percent in June of 2002 and a record low of 1 percent in November of 1968. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2020. source: Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications

Unemployment Rate in Japan is expected to be 3.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Japan to stand at 3.60 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 3.80 percent in 2021 and 3.20 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.80 2.90 5.50 1.00 1953 - 2020 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-04-27 11:30 PM Mar 2.5% 2.4% 2.5% 2.7%
2020-05-28 11:30 PM Apr 2.6% 2.5% 2.7% 2.9%
2020-06-29 11:30 PM May 2.9% 2.6% 2.8% 2.9%
2020-07-30 11:30 PM Jun 2.8% 2.9% 3.1% 3.2%
2020-08-31 11:30 PM Jul 2.8% 3.4%
2020-10-01 11:30 PM Aug 4.1%
2020-10-29 11:30 PM Sep 3.8%
2020-11-30 11:30 PM Oct 3.8%


News Stream
Japan Unemployment Rate Jumps to 2.9%
The unemployment rate in Japan jumped to 2.9 percent in May 2020 compared to 2.6 percent in the prior month and market expectations of 2.8 percent. It is the highest jobless rate since May of 2017 and is higher than the 2.4 percent in the same month of the previous month. The number of unemployed increased by 10.7 percent to 1.97 million while employment edged up 0.1 percent to 66.29 million. The jobs-to-applications ratio declined sharply to 1.2 from 1.32, as the Covid-19 crisis escalated.
2020-06-29
Japan Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 2.6%
The unemployment rate in Japan edged up to 2.6 percent in April 2020 compared to 2.5 percent in the prior month and market expectations of 2.7 percent. It is the highest jobless rate since December of 2017 as the number of unemployed increased by 3.5 percent to 1.78 million while employment declined by 1.6 percent to 66.25 million. The jobs-to-applications ratio declined sharply to 1.32, the lowest since March 2016, as the Covid-19 crisis escalated.
2020-05-28
Japan Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 1-Year High
The unemployment rate in Japan edged up to 2.5 percent in March 2020, the highest in a year and in line with market consensus, as the number of unemployed increased by 3.6 percent to 1.72 million while employment declined by 0.2 percent to 67.32 million. The jobs-to-applications ratio declined sharply to 1.39 to the lowest level since September 2016 as the Covid-19 crisis escalated.
2020-04-28
Japan Jobless Rate Unchanged in February
The unemployment rate in Japan stood at 2.4 percent in February 2020 to match consensus, as the number of unemployed increased by 1.2 percent to 1.66 million while employment was unchanged at 67.43 million. The jobs-to-applications ratio declined sharply to 1.45, the lowest in three years. Unemployment has stoically resisted fourteen straight months of falling Japanese exports in the midst of trade disputes and a downturn in the global manufacturing cycle led by the automotive and semiconductors industries.
2020-03-30

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.