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

The unemployment rate in Japan stood at 2.8 percent in April of 2017, the same as in the previous two months. The figure was consistent with the market consensus and remained at its lowest level since June 1994. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.48, up from 1.45 in the previous period and beating expectations of 1.46 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)
2017-03-30 11:30 PM Feb 2.8% 3% 3% 3%
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 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-07-27 11:30 PM Jun 2.8%
2017-08-28 11:30 PM Jul 2.7%




Japan Jobless Rate Stays At 23-Year Low In April


The unemployment rate in Japan stood at 2.8 percent in April of 2017, the same as in the previous two months. The figure was consistent with the market consensus and remained at its lowest level since June 1994. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.48, up from 1.45 in the previous period and beating expectations of 1.46 to mark the highest level since February 1974.

Compared to the previous month, there were 1.86 million unemployed persons, 20 thousand more than in March. Employment increased by 260 thousand to 65.22 million, the highest reading since June of 1998. The labour force rose by 240 thousand to 67.03 million while those detached from the labour force went down by 280 thousand to 43.96 million.

Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate rose to 5 percent from 4.4 percent.

A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.2 percent.

Statistics Japan | Charles | charles@tradingeconomics.com
5/30/2017 9:57:37 AM



Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.80 2.80 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 65220.00 64960.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1860.00 1840.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 6932.00 6853.00 7159.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21349.00 20856.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 58.50 57.90 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.30 59.60 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 112.20 98.50 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 937.80 935.67 971.38 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 351.59 394.66 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 308.07 311.58 883.79 52.91 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 335.47 338.31 868.49 9.79 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.50 0.00 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 June of 2017.

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



unemployment rate by Country

Last
Spain 18.75 Mar/17
Brazil 13.60 Apr/17
Turkey 11.70 Mar/17
Italy 11.10 Apr/17
France 9.60 Mar/17
Euro Area 9.30 Apr/17
Canada 6.60 May/17
Australia 5.50 May/17
Indonesia 5.33 Mar/17
Russia 5.20 May/17
Netherlands 5.10 May/17
India 4.90 Dec/13
United Kingdom 4.60 Apr/17
United States 4.30 May/17
China 3.97 Mar/17
Germany 3.90 Apr/17
South Korea 3.60 May/17
Mexico 3.50 Apr/17
Switzerland 3.10 May/17
Japan 2.80 Apr/17