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

The unemployment rate in Japan rose to 2.8 percent in December of 2017 from 2.7 percent in the prior month and slightly above market consensus of 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was up to 1.59 from 1.56 in November, above estimates of 1.57 and reaching the highest figure since January 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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Japan Jobless Rate Edges Up to 2.8% in December


The unemployment rate in Japan rose to 2.8 percent in December of 2017 from 2.7 percent in the prior month and slightly above market consensus of 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was up to 1.59 from 1.56 in November, above estimates of 1.57 and reaching the highest figure since January 1974.

Compared to the previous month, there were 1.86 million unemployed persons, 10 thousand more than in November. Employment declined by 70 thousand to 65.51 million, after an increase of 140 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force fell by 60 thousand to 67.39 million while those detached from the labour force was similar from the prior's month figure of 43.57 million.

Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate went up to 4.6 percent from 4.1 percent in November.

A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.1 percent.


Statistics Japan l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
1/29/2018 11:52:35 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-11-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-12-25 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.7% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2018-01-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7%
2018-03-01 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2018-03-29 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8%
2018-04-27 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8%


Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.80 2.70 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 65510.00 65580.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1860.00 1850.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7289.00 7064.00 7289.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21136.00 21366.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 58.90 59.00 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.50 60.60 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 4.60 4.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 103.90 101.00 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 1026.96 988.61 1026.96 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 344.51 304.44 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 666448.00 314402.00 883791.00 52914.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 814939.00 355153.00 868487.00 9785.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.70 0.90 35.02 -7.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 848.00 823.00 848.00 713.00 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

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 February of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.80 2.70 5.50 1.00 1953 - 2017 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 11.80 Dec/17
Italy 10.80 Dec/17
Turkey 10.30 Nov/17
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.70 Dec/17
Canada 5.90 Jan/18
Australia 5.50 Jan/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.20 Jan/18
United Kingdom 4.40 Dec/17
Netherlands 4.20 Jan/18
United States 4.10 Jan/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Germany 3.60 Dec/17
South Korea 3.60 Jan/18
India 3.46 Dec/16
Switzerland 3.30 Jan/18
Mexico 3.10 Dec/17
Japan 2.80 Dec/17


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