July 31, 2018 / 12:54 AM / 20 days ago

Japan jobless rate rises to 2.4 percent in June

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate rose in June while the availability of jobs improved to the highest in more than four decades, figures from the Internal Affairs ministry showed on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Job seekers listen to presentations at company booths during a job fair held for fresh graduates in Tokyo December 7, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File Photo

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 2.4 percent from 2.2 percent in June, and compared with economists’ median forecast of 2.3 percent.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio rose to 1.62 from 1.60 in June to reach the highest since January 1974. The median forecast was for 1.60.

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

here

(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; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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