TABLE-Japan jobless rate stays at 4.9 pct

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TOKYO, March 30 (BestGrowthStock) – Japan’s jobless rate was
unchanged in February while the availability of jobs improved
from the previous month, but analysts say job market recovery
will remain slow in coming months.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.9
percent, government figures showed on Tuesday. [JPUNR=ECI] The
median forecast was 4.9 percent.

Following is a table of Japan’s jobs data with economists’
median forecasts in parentheses:

FEB JAN DEC FEB 2009
(Seasonally adjusted)
Unemployment rate 4.9 (4.9) 4.9 5.2 4.4 pct
Jobs-to-applicants ratio 0.47 (0.47) 0.46 0.43 0.58
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(Unadjusted)
Number of unemployed (mln) 3.24 3.23 3.17 2.99
Number of employed (mln) 61.85 62.13 62.23 62.65
(including self-employed)
Number of salaried (mln) 54.28 54.47 54.55 54.56
Job participation rate 56.0 56.2 56.3 56.7
(y/y, pct)
Number of new job offers -2.1 -13.4 -17.4 -30.1

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)

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(Reporting by Rie Ishiguro)

TABLE-Japan jobless rate stays at 4.9 pct