October 30, 2018 / 12:40 AM / 20 days ago

Japan jobless rate falls to 2.3 percent in September

FILE PHOTO - A man is seen at a a commercial building at closing hour at a financial district in Tokyo, Japan, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate fell in September, while the availability of jobs improved to the highest level since January 1974, government data showed on Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.3 percent from 2.4 percent in August, and compared with economists’ median forecast for the rate to remain unchanged, figures from the Internal Affairs ministry showed.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio rose to 1.64 from 1.63 in August. The median forecast was for the ratio to remain unchanged.

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A full table can be seen on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications at:

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(Note: The jobs-to-applicants ratio and new job offers can be seen in Japanese on the labor ministry’s website.)

Reporting by Sumio Ito and Stanley White; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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