May 28, 2018 / 11:41 PM / 9 months ago

Japan jobless rate steady at 2.5 percent in April: govt.

Pedestrians make their way in a business district in Tokyo, Japan May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate held steady in April and the availability of jobs also remained unchanged, government data showed on Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.5 percent, the Internal Affairs ministry said. The result matched the median estimate of economists polled by Reuters.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.59 in April, unchanged from the previous month. The median forecast was for 1.60.

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


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

Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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