Japan unemployment stays uncomfortably high at 5.1%

Japan still has not recovered from the 1989 bubble popping.   Their unemployment rate hasn't come down at all since the middle of the recession.  Via Stat Japan:

The annual average unemployment rate in 2010 was 5.1%, the same rate as the previous year, which means the employment situation in Japan has not improved since the global recession in 2008.

Employment

The annual average number of employed persons in 2010 was 62.56 million, a decrease of 260 thousand from the previous year.

If we look at the number of employed persons by industries, we can see that "Manufacturing" decreased from the previous year, while "Medical, health care and welfare" increased.

The annual average number of Labour force was 65.90 million, a decrease of 270 thousand from the previous year. The annual average Labour force participation rate was 59.6%, which was the lowest since 1953.

Unemployment

The annual average number of unemployed persons was 3.34 million, a decrease of 20 thousand from the previous year. The number of unemployed persons who "Quit their job involuntarily"*3 was 1.37 million, a decrease of 80 thousand from the previous year.

The annual average unemployment rate was 5.1%, the same rate as the previous year.

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