Japan's jobless rate rises for first time in four months

10:09, December 25, 2009      

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Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.2 percent in November from 5.1 percent in October, official figures showed on Friday.

November marks the first rise in unemployment rate in four months, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The ratio of job offers to job seekers was at a three-month high, standing at a seasonally adjusted 0.45, up from 0.44 in October.

A total of 3.31 million people remain out of work in Japan, a rise of 750,000 people from a year earlier, according to a preliminary report by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Source: Xinhua
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