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Japan's jobless rate rises to 3.1 per cent

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016

Japan's unemployment rate has climbed for the first time in six months.

The jobless rate moved up to 3.1 per cent in August from three per cent in the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday.

The unemployment rate for men increased to 3.4 per cent from 3.2 per cent in July, while the rate for women was unchanged at 2.7 per cent.

Farming and forestry sectors had a decrease of 50,000 jobs to 2.2 million, the ministry said.

The availability of jobs, measured as the ratio of job offers per job seeker, was 1.37 in August, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

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