Japan’s jobless rate steady at 2.9% in December: government
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate held steady at 2.9% in December and the availability of jobs was unchanged from the previous month, government data showed on Friday.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate compared with the median forecast of 3.0%. In November, the jobless rate stood at 2.9%.
The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.06, matching a Reuters poll forecast and unchanged from the previous month, labour ministry data showed.
For a table, click the internal affairs ministry’s website: 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 Kentaro Sugiyama; Writing by Daniel Leussink)