Japan’s unemployment rate rose to 2.8 percent in April 2021 from an 11-month low of 2.6 percent a month earlier and above market consensus of 2.7 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 140 thousand from the previous month to 1.94 million while employment was down by 260 thousand to 66.58 million. The labor force dropped by 30 thousand to 68.62 million and those detached from the labor force fell 60 thousand to 41.75 million. The non-seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate rose to 62.2 percent in April from 61.5 in the same month a year earlier. Meantime, the jobs-to-application ratio was at 1.09 in April, compared with consensus and March's reading of 1.1. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was at 2.6 percent. source: Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications

Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.72 percent from 1953 until 2021, 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 June of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in Japan is expected to be 2.70 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 2.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 2.50 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.80 2.60 5.50 1.00 1953 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-01 11:30 PM Jan 2.9% 2.9% 3% 3%
2021-03-29 11:30 PM Feb 2.9% 2.9% 3% 2.9%
2021-04-29 11:30 PM Mar 2.6% 2.9% 2.9% 2.9%
2021-05-27 11:30 PM Apr 2.8% 2.6% 2.7% 2.7%
2021-06-28 11:30 PM May 2.8%
2021-07-29 11:30 PM Jun
2021-08-30 11:30 PM Jul
2021-09-30 11:30 PM Aug


News Stream
Japan Jobless Rate Rises to 2.8%
Japan’s unemployment rate rose to 2.8 percent in April 2021 from an 11-month low of 2.6 percent a month earlier and above market consensus of 2.7 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 140 thousand from the previous month to 1.94 million while employment was down by 260 thousand to 66.58 million. The labor force dropped by 30 thousand to 68.62 million and those detached from the labor force fell 60 thousand to 41.75 million. The non-seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate rose to 62.2 percent in April from 61.5 in the same month a year earlier. Meantime, the jobs-to-application ratio was at 1.09 in April, compared with consensus and March's reading of 1.1. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was at 2.6 percent.
2021-05-27
Japan Jobless Rate Drops to 11-Month Low
Japan’s unemployment rate unexpectedly was at an 11-month low of 2.6 percent in March 2021, compared with market consensus and February's figure of 2.9 percent. The number of unemployed declined by 230 thousand from the previous month to 1.8 million and employment was down by 130 thousand to 66.94 million. The labor force dropped by 33 thousand to 68.65 million and those detached from the labor force rose 240 thousand to 41.81 million. The non-seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate edged down to 61.9 percent in March from 62.0 in the same month a year earlier. Meantime, the jobs-to-application ratio was at 1.1 in March, compared with consensus and February's reading of 1.09. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was at 2.5 percent.
2021-04-29
Japan Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 2.9%
Japan’s unemployment rate stood at 2.9 percent in February 2021, unchanged from the previous month and slightly below market consensus of 3.0 percent. The number of unemployed was flat at 2.03 million in February, while employment rose by 30 thousand to 66.97 million. The non-seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate edged up to 61.9 percent. Meantime, the jobs-to-application ratio decreased to 1.09 from 1.10. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was at 2.4 percent.
2021-03-29
Japan Unemployment Rate Eases to 2.9%
Japan’s unemployment rate edged down to 2.9 percent in January 2021, from a revised 3.0 percent in the previous month and compared with market consensus of 3.0 percent. The number of unemployed declined by 70 thousand from the previous month to 2.03 million in January, while employment rose by 110 thousand to 66.94 million. The non-seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate stood at 61.8 percent. Meantime, the jobs-to-application ratio increased to 1.1 from a revised 1.05. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was at 2.4 percent.
2021-03-02

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.