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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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April 30, 2024

Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.6% in March from February 2024. Compared with the previous month, Japan's labour force contracted 0.4% while employment fell 0.3%. 

Japan's unemployment rate has returned close to pre-pandemic levels.  However, Japan's labour force and employment growth have largely stalled. In contrast, Canada and Nova Scotia now have employment and labour force that substantially exceed pre-pandemic levels despite the much larger declines observed in each variable during the first wave of the pandemic.  


Sources: Statistics Bureau of Japan. Table: a-1 (Seasonally adjusted) Major items (Labour force, Employed person, Employee, Unemployed person, Not in labour force, Unemployment rate (since Jan.1953); Statistics Canada.  Table  14-10-0287-01   Labour force characteristics, monthly, seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle

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