May 30, 2011 / 11:38 PM / 6 years ago

Japan April jobless rate rises to 4.7 pct

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TOKYO, May 31 (Reuters) - Japan's jobless rate rose in April and t he availability of jobs worsened , government data showed, as a large earthquake and tsunami in March hurt demand for labour .

The jobs data excluded three prefectures -- Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima -- that were hit hardest by the natural disaster on March 11.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in April from 4.6 percent in March, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed on Tuesday. That matched a median forecast .

The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 0.61 from 0.6 3 in March , less than the median forecast of 0.62, separate data from the labour ministry showed.

The number of new job offers rose 12.2 percent from a year ago, and it rose a seasonally-adjusted 5.8 percent from previous month. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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