facebook
twitter
search
search

Japan's August jobless rate jumps

Sept. 30, 2008 at 6:30 AM

TOKYO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Japan's jobless rate in August rose to 4.2 percent, the highest since the 4.3 percent recorded in June 2006, the government said Tuesday.

The August rate was up 0.2 percent from the previous month as the country continued to be dogged by sluggish economic conditions, which may have adversely affected corporate sentiments on increasing payrolls.

The number of the jobless in August totaled 2.72 million, up 230,000 from the same month of last year, Kyodo news service reported, adding the 4.2 percent rate came in higher that the market forecast of 4.1 percent.

"The result added to the sign that the Japanese economy has been weakening," Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Kaoru Yosano said to Kyodo.

The minister urged for speedy government action to resolve the problem.

There were 64.05 million people holding jobs in August, down 410,000 from the same month of last year. It was the seventh consecutive month of fall in the number of employed, the report said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Compact cannon for British armored vehicles
Brazil orders search-and-rescue aircraft
BP settles with U.S. coastal states for $18.7 billion
Whole Foods apologizes for overcharging customers
Australia orders airborne refueling tankers