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Japan's average unemployment rate stood at a seasonally-adjusted 2.8% in August, unchanged from July, data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on Friday showed.
The total number of employed fell 320,000 (-0.5%) m/m in August, after rising 420,000 (+0.6%) in July, and the number of unemployed rose by 10,000 (+0.5%) in August after falling 120,000 (-5.9%) in July.
The job-to-applicant ratio, a leading indicator of the employment market, stood at 1.14 in August, down from 1.15 in July, according to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.