Japan’s jobless rate flat at 2.9% in February: government

Economy

FILE PHOTO: The shadows of pedestrians are pictured cast on a street in Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
FILE PHOTO: The shadows of pedestrians are pictured cast on a street in Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate was steady at 2.9% in February, while the availability of jobs declined from the previous month, government data showed on Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate compared with the median forecast of 3.0%, and 2.9% in January.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.09, down from 1.10 in the previous month, labour ministry data showed. It was also below a Reuters poll forecast of 1.10.

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; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

Reuters