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

The unemployment rate in Japan edged down to 2.4 percent in August of 2018 from 2.5 percent in the previous month and slightly below market expectations of 2.5 percent. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio stood at 1.63, the same as in July and the highest since January 1974. 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 Below Forecasts in August


The unemployment rate in Japan edged down to 2.4 percent in August of 2018 from 2.5 percent in the previous month and slightly below market expectations of 2.5 percent. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio stood at 1.63, the same as in July and the highest since January 1974.

The number of unemployed declined by 50 thousand from a month earlier to 1.67 million in August, while employment increased by 260 thousand to 66.62 million. The labour force rose by 220 thousand to 68.29 million and those detached from the labour force went down 240 thousand to 42.59 million.

Youth unemployment rate, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, rose to 4.1 percent in August from 3.8 percent in the previous month.

A year earlier, the unemployment rate was higher at 2.8 percent.


Statistics Japan | Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
9/28/2018 12:22:37 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.2% 2.3% 2.2%
2018-08-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.5% 2.4% 2.4% 2.4%
2018-09-27 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5%
2018-10-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4% 2.3%
2018-11-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4%
2018-12-27 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.4%


Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.40 2.50 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 66620.00 66360.00 66940.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1670.00 1720.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7283.00 7270.00 7308.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 22173.00 22274.00 22384.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.20 60.00 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.70 61.50 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 4.10 3.80 10.90 3.30 percent [+]
Productivity 102.00 99.40 120.40 68.30 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 964.10 964.44 1026.96 266.29 Thousand [+]
Wages 304876.00 431722.00 883791.00 52914.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 340191.00 600465.00 868487.00 9785.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.90 1.60 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 October of 2018.

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




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
South Africa 27.20 Jun/18
Spain 15.30 Jun/18
Brazil 12.10 Aug/18
Turkey 10.80 Jul/18
Italy 9.70 Aug/18
Argentina 9.60 Jun/18
France 9.10 Jun/18
Euro Area 8.10 Aug/18
Saudi Arabia 6.10 Mar/18
Canada 5.90 Sep/18
Australia 5.30 Aug/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.60 Aug/18
South Korea 4.00 Sep/18
United Kingdom 4.00 Aug/18
Netherlands 3.90 Aug/18
China 3.83 Jun/18
United States 3.70 Sep/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Mexico 3.50 Aug/18
Germany 3.40 Aug/18
Japan 2.40 Aug/18
Switzerland 2.40 Sep/18
Singapore 2.10 Jun/18


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