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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

July 30, 2019
JAPAN LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, JUNE 2019

Japan's unemployment rate fell to 2.3 per cent in June.  Japan's labour force increased slightly (+0.04 per cent) while employment grew faster at +0.1 per cent.  In the last year (compared to June 2018), Japanese labour force grew by 0.8 per cent while employment was up 0.9 per cent. 

Japan's unemployment rate has remained in a range of 2.3 to 2.5 since the beginning of 2018.  The last time that Japan's unemployment rate was at or below 2.5 per cent for this long was in 1992-1993.

Canada's unemployment rate has also been trending down since 2016 as employment gains outpaced labour force growth.  A similar trend of declining unemployment rates emerged in Nova Scotia (albeit with more volatility) in 2018 and accelerated in early 2019.

Statistics Bureau of Japan, Statistics Canada.  Table  14-10-0287-01   Labour force characteristics, monthly, seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle



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