TABLE-Japan February jobless rate falls to 4.6 pct

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 TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters) - Japan's jobless rate fell in
February and the availability of jobs improved, government data
showed on Tuesday, suggesting the economy was gradually escaping
from a lull, although this month's devastating earthquake and
tsunami clouded the outlook for business activity.  	
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent
in February from 4.9 percent in January, compared with
economists' median forecast of 4.9 percent, figures from the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed.
  	
  Following is a table of Japan's job data with economists' 
median forecasts in parentheses. 
 :	
 
                           FEB        JAN     DEC 
 FEB 2010
 (Seasonally adjusted) 
 Unemployment rate (pct)       4.6 (4.9)   4.9     4.9     5.0 
 Jobs-to-applicants ratio      0.62(0.62)  0.61    0.58    0.47
 	
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 (Unadjusted)	
 Number of unemployed (mln)    3.00      3.09    2.98    3.24   
 Number of employed (mln)     62.23     62.04   62.28   61.85 
 (including self-employed)	
 Number of salaried (mln)     54.97     54.64   54.68   54.28
 Job participation rate (pct) 56.3      56.1    56.4    56.0 
 (y/y, pct) 
 Number of new job offers    +22.9     +18.8   +15.8    -2.1 
 	
 * denotes revised figures due to annual revision.	
 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 only in Japanese on the labour ministry's website.)	
	
 (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)	
 	
 

TABLE-Japan February jobless rate falls to 4.6 pct