TOKYO Nov 30 Japan's jobless rate held steady
in October and the availability of jobs declined, suggest recent
improvements in the labour market have started to peak.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent,
unchanged from September and in line with economists' median
forecast, figures from the Internal Affairs ministry showed on
The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 0.80 from 0.81 in
September, matching the median forecast. It means there were 80
jobs available for every 100 job seekers.
The number of new job offers rose 0.3 percent in October
from the previous month and was up 13.8 percent from a year
A full table can be seen on the website of the Ministry of
Internal Affairs and Communications at: