May 28, 2018 / 11:40 PM / 5 months ago

Japan jobless rate steady at 2.5 percent in April: govt.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate held steady in April and the availability of jobs also remained unchanged, government data showed on Tuesday.

Pedestrians make their way in a business district in Tokyo, Japan May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.5 percent, the Internal Affairs ministry said. The result matched the median estimate of economists polled by Reuters.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.59 in April, unchanged from the previous month. The median forecast was for 1.60.

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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 Stanley White; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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