TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s jobless rate rose and the availability of jobs fell in May, government data showed on Tuesday.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9% in May, up from 2.6% in April, figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed. The median forecast was 2.8%.
The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 1.20 in May from 1.32 in April, marking the lowest reading since July 2015, labour ministry data showed.
For a table, click the internal affairs ministry’s website:
(Note: The jobs-to-applicants ratio and new job offers can be seen in Japanese on the labour ministry’s website.)
(Reporting by Hiroko Hamada; Writing by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)