November 28, 2019 / 11:42 PM / 12 days ago

Japan's jobless rate stays at 2.4% in October: government

FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians cast shadows as they make their way at a financial district in Tokyo, Japan, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate stayed at 2.4% in October, unchanged from the previous month, while job availability was also unchanged, government data showed on Friday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate matched economists’ median forecast, figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio also held steady at 1.57 in October from the previous month, and compared with the median forecast of 1.56.

Reporting by Takahiko Wada, writing by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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