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Japan sees 1st jobless rate drop in 5 months amid economic recovery

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Step outside and the signs of a recovery are all around you. You really can't miss them.

Oh , you mean outside the stock market and people who have stopped receiving unemployment assistance after 9 months of pandemic econo.ic impact?

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You ain’t seen nothing yet Japan.

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Are non-regular employees unemployed counted in the unofficial unemployment figures?

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@Zoroto

Are non-regular employees unemployed counted in the unofficial unemployment figures?

Unfortunately yes, which makes the unemployment figures of Japan totally unreliable.

Based on this way of collecting this data, the small Mc Donald's of your neighborhood employing more than 50 persons, possibly half of them didn't work even three hours last month.

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I believe to count as unemployed you also have to be looking for a job. Those who have simply given up (which is the most dangerous group to be in) are not counted.

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Just like the Pandemic numbers, the employment rate is stuff made out of Disney by the creative magic number show for the general public.

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Unfortunately yes, which makes the unemployment figures of Japan totally unreliable.

No they are not included in the "unemployment" figures, they are counted as employed, even you wrote that as well, with your comment about McDonald's! I think you may be confusing the actual employed people with unemployment.

The reason the numbers are so low, is because under-employed, are not counted, and neither are those not looking for work.

Yes, the numbers are unreliable.

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I heard an interesting story from a girl whose mother is from the Philippines. She said in Japan, most people work for companies but when she visited the Philippines, she found many have their own small businesses or jobs. I thought that was nice. They do not have to be slaves of companies where they always have to worry about losing jobs. They are more independent.

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Economic recovery? Do people actually buy into this crap?

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It’s December not April!

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2.9%  it's not bad at all. My pathetic lousy country is in 15% already..

LOOOOOL !!..

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Extremely low unemployment rates in Japan that have not changed much in the pandemic. The US unemployment rate hit 14.7% in May 2020. All created by the severe shutdown orders.

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In Japan people believe anything, jobless figures are a joke with 40% to 60% of employed on part_time contracts and having hours reduced, but not unemployed?

just not earning enough to feed anybody but themselves. Those one cup noodles are certainly deserving of a UNESCO heritage nod. Thanks LDP job well done also the voting public.

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I suspect that mass job-transfer and industrial realignment are going underway among dead and surviving/prospering sectors.

Are non-regular employees unemployed counted in the unofficial unemployment figures?

The official numbers reflect the sum of "jobseekers" registered or renewed at public offices or ハローワーク. Those who are unregistered or not seeking jobs are not counted.

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If the govt wants to decrease the unemployment rate, they should increase the minimum wage so people will be more inclined to work.

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these figures is just a lie....fake...reality is completely different

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Nowhere more than in japan is the saying” burying your head in the sand” more appropriate than here.

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