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Japan's average unemployment rate stood at a seasonally adjusted 2.9% in June, down from May's 3.0% as labour market conditions benefitted from government subsidies, data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Friday showed.

The total number of employed rose 210,000 (+0.3%) m/m in June, after falling 130,000 (-0.2%) in May, and the number of unemployed fell by 20,000 (-1.0%) in June after rising 100,000 (+5.2%) in May.

The job-to-applicant ratio, a leading indicator of the employment market, stood at 1.13 in June, up from 1.09 in May, according to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.