Japan jobless rate up for first time in three months

Tokyo, Rabi’I 28, 1438, December 27, 2016, SPA — Japan’s unemployment rate climbed for the first time in
three months, the government said on Tuesday, according to dpa.
The jobless rate moved up to 3.1 per cent in November from 3.0 per cent in the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said.
Medical and welfare services eliminated 60,000 positions to 7.92 million on payrolls and manufacturers lost 50,000 jobs to 10.32 million, the ministry said.
The availability of jobs, measured as the ratio of job offers per job seeker, edged up to 1.41 in November from 1.40 in the previous month, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said.
–SPA
03:29 LOCAL TIME 00:29 GMT