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Japan's jobless rate rises to 2.4% in September - government

Japan's jobless rate rises to 2.4% in September - government
FILE PHOTO: A businessman walks at a business building in Tokyo March 26, 2015. The availability of jobs in Japan rose to the highest in more than 20 years and the jobless rate edged down in February, government data showed on Friday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai -
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s jobless rate rose in September from the previous month and job availability slipped, government data showed on Friday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 2.4% from August’s 2.2%, and compared with economists’ median forecast of 2.3%, figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 1.57 in September, and compared with the median forecast of 1.59.

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

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/roudou/index.htm

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

(Reporting by Yoshiyasu Shida, writing by Kaori Kaneko)

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