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Friday, March 27, 1998 Published at 01:49 GMT



Business

Japan's jobless total soars
image: [ Japan: Unemployment rising ]
Japan: Unemployment rising

The number of unemployed people in Japan has risen to 2.46m - the highest since records began in 1953.

The monthly government report shows 3.6% of the workforce were looking for jobs in February.

The latest figure is 0.1% up on January, which was the fourth month that the unemployment rate had remained static at 3.5%

Job losses in the manufacturing and construction sectors helped push the total up, the Management and Co-ordination Agency said.

Year on year figures show the number of unemployed has risen by 7%, or 160,000 people.

The monthly report reflects the economic downturn which has swept through the country and region.
 





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