Japan Unemployment Rate  1953-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Japan rose slightly to 2.5 percent in February of 2018 from 2.4 percent in the prior month while markets estimated 2.6 percent. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio unexpectedly slipped to 1.58 from 1.59 in the preceding month and missing consensus of 1.6. Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.73 percent from 1953 until 2018, 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 Edges Up to 2.5% in February


The unemployment rate in Japan rose slightly to 2.5 percent in February of 2018 from 2.4 percent in the prior month while markets estimated 2.6 percent. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio unexpectedly slipped to 1.58 from 1.59 in the preceding month and missing consensus of 1.6.

Compared to the previous month, there were 1.69 million unemployed persons, 90 thousand more than in January. Employment increased by 510 thousand to 66.46 million, after an increase of 420 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force rose by 600 thousand to 68.14 million while those detached from the labour force dropped by 570 thousand to 42.84 million.

Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate increased markedly to 4.2 percent from 3.3 percent in January.

A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 2.9 percent.


Statistics Japan l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
3/30/2018 1:31:12 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-01-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7%
2018-03-01 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.8% 2.7% 2.8%
2018-03-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.5% 2.4% 2.6% 2.6%
2018-04-26 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.5% 2.5% 2.5%
2018-05-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4%
2018-06-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4%


Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.50 2.40 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 66460.00 65950.00 66460.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1690.00 1600.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7308.00 7205.00 7308.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21859.00 21178.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.30 59.10 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.80 60.50 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 4.20 3.30 10.90 3.30 percent [+]
Productivity 106.50 102.90 120.40 68.30 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 962.16 929.17 1026.96 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 356.98 344.51 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 295817.00 303430.00 883791.00 52914.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 328615.00 338254.00 868487.00 9785.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wage Growth 1.30 1.20 35.02 -7.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 848.00 823.00 848.00 713.00 JPY/Hour [+]
Population 126.71 126.93 128.06 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 April of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.50 2.40 5.50 1.00 1953 - 2018 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 12.60 Feb/18
Italy 10.90 Feb/18
Turkey 10.80 Jan/18
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.50 Feb/18
Canada 5.80 Mar/18
Australia 5.50 Mar/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.00 Mar/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Feb/18
United States 4.10 Mar/18
South Korea 4.00 Mar/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Netherlands 3.90 Mar/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.50 Feb/18
Mexico 3.20 Feb/18
Switzerland 2.90 Mar/18
Japan 2.50 Feb/18


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