TOKYO Dec 28 Japan's jobless rate edged down in
November and the availability of jobs was unchanged, indicating
that severe economic conditions are keeping firms cautious on
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.1
percent from October's 4.2 percent, figures from the Internal
Affairs ministry showed on Friday. The November result compared
with economists' median forecast of 4.2 percent.
The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 0.80 in November, unchanged
from the previous month and the same as the median forecast.
The number of new job offers rose 0.1 percent in November
from the previous month and was up 8.4 percent from a year ago.
A full table can be seen on the website of the Ministry of
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