Japan Unemployment Rate 1953-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at 2.8 percent in October of 2017, the same as in the prior four months and matching expectations. The figure was in line with market consensus and remained at its lowest in 23 years. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was at 1.55, well above the 1.52 in the previous period and the 1.53 expected by consensus. It is the highest level since February 1974. Unemployment Rate in Japan averaged 2.73 percent from 1953 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 5.50 percent in June of 2002 and a record low of 1 percent in November of 1968.

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Japan Jobless Rate Steady at 2.8% for 5th Month


The unemployment rate in Japan stood at 2.8 percent in October of 2017, the same as in the prior four months. The figure was in line with market consensus and remained at its lowest in 23 years. Meanwhile, the jobs-to-applicants ratio was at 1.55, up from 1.52 in the previous month while market expected 1.53. It was the highest level since January 1974.

Compared to the previous month, there were 1.87 million unemployed persons, a thousand more than in September. Employment dropped by 6 thousand to 65.44 million, after declining by 15 thousand in a month earlier. The labour force fell by 6 thousand to 67.32 million while those detached from the labour force went up by 3 thousand to 43.68 million.

Among people aged 15 to 24 years old, the jobless rate decreased to 4.5 percent from 5.1 percent in September.

A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 3.0 percent.

Statistics Japan l Rida Husna |
12/1/2017 4:50:28 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-09-28 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-10-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-11-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2017-12-25 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.8% 2.8%
2018-01-30 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate
2018-03-02 11:30 PM Unemployment Rate


Japan Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 2.80 2.80 5.50 1.00 percent [+]
Employed Persons 65440.00 65500.00 65840.00 38370.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1870.00 1880.00 3680.00 490.00 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 7084.00 7065.00 7159.00 1988.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 21310.00 21297.00 21911.00 19397.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 59.20 59.40 63.50 55.90 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.80 61.10 74.00 58.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.30 1.70 1.90 1.20 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 5.10 4.80 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Productivity 103.90 101.00 119.10 67.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 965.07 968.18 976.57 266.29 Thousand [+]
Job Advertisements 400.41 390.75 527.80 98.44 Thousand [+]
Wages 300874.00 299264.00 883791.00 52914.00 JPY/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 332670.00 334.89 332670.00 9.79 JPY Thousand/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.60 0.90 35.02 -7.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 823.00 798.00 823.00 713.00 JPY/Hour [+]
Population 126.86 126.82 127.80 83.20 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]


Japan Unemployment Rate

In Japan, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.80 2.80 5.50 1.00 1953 - 2017 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.38 Sep/17
Brazil 12.20 Oct/17
Italy 11.10 Oct/17
Turkey 10.60 Sep/17
France 9.70 Sep/17
Euro Area 8.80 Oct/17
Canada 5.90 Nov/17
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Australia 5.40 Nov/17
Russia 5.10 Oct/17
Netherlands 4.50 Oct/17
United Kingdom 4.30 Oct/17
United States 4.10 Nov/17
China 3.95 Sep/17
South Korea 3.70 Nov/17
Germany 3.60 Oct/17
Mexico 3.50 Oct/17
India 3.46 Dec/16
Switzerland 3.10 Nov/17
Japan 2.80 Oct/17